- Audio CD (May 31, 1984)
- Original Release Date: 1984
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued
- Label: Polygram Records
- ASIN: B000001FY9
- Average Customer Review: 1,650 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,148 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The best of Bob Marley & The Wailers: Legend
Audio CD | Reissued
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, May 21, 2002
Audio, Cassette, Original recording, Best of, 1984
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The #1 selling compilation album in America, with little or no duplication of the box set's contents. Tracks include No Woman No Cry; Buffalo Soldier; Get Up Stand Up; Stir It Up; One Love/People Get Ready; I Shot the Sheriff; Redemption Song; Jamming , and more.
Even as greatest hits packages go, this is an utter gem. Every song is inspired, in a class of its own, whether the real version of "I Shot the Sheriff," the hymnlike "No Woman, No Cry," or the sheer joy of "Jamming." Even allowing that Marley never wrote any bad material, then Legend is still the crème de la crème, the heart and soul of the Jamaican people packed into one five-inch compact disc. He was unique, and the message of this record, more than any other, is that he died far too soon. --Chris Nickson
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So why did I only give 2 stars if the album is so great? Well it's because this is an overall review of the product purchased. It sucks that Amazon combines the reviews for multiple formats. Luckily there are enough 5 star reviews of the album that my review won't drag down the overall star rating. I bought the High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray version and I'm not at all convinced that it was worth paying twice the price of the CD version. This is one of my most played albums from my CD collection so I was super excited when it became available in what is claimed to be a higher quality audio format. I'm not going to claim to have the highest quality audio setup out there, but I do own what most would consider audiophile grade equipment. Definitely not stuff you're gonna be able to go out and purchase at your local bestbuy. Comparing the CD to the HFPA Blu-Ray the difference in sound quality was negligible. It's a great album worth owning, but unless you're a sample rate snob (in which case you should get the 192/24 FLAC version from HDtracks) you should pass on the HFPA BD version of any album, with the exception of the ones that include 5.1 playback (Legend is normal 2 channel). Pick up a used copy on CD for 5 bucks and use the money you saved to buy some of Bob's other music.
Oh and one last comical note. The Blu-Ray comes with a code to download a digital copy of all the tracks….in MP3. They are 320kps files, but it's still mildly hilarious that you are sent to the "High Fidelity Pure Audio" website to download tracks in a lossy file format.