30th anniversary edition of Bob Marley’s ‘Legend’ to be released

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Bob Marley performs in Bourget, France, on July 3, 1980. - Contributed
Bob Marley performs in Bourget, France, on July 3, 1980. – Contributed

Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer

This year marks the 30th anniversary since the release of Bob Marley’s Legend album.

Legend was originally released on May 8, 1984, and this summer, Universal Music Enterprises (UME) will mark the historic occasion with the release of a special CD/Blu-ray edition of the album.

On July 1, UME will release a CD/Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc combo set titled Legend 30th Anniversary Edition, produced by Island Records, Tuff Gong Music and UME.

According to online reports, the deluxe version of the album was mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer Bob Clearmountain.

The album is said to feature an early studio version of No Woman, No Cry, as well as previously unheard alternate takes of Easy Skanking and Punky Reggae Party. The takes were recently discovered in the Marley vault.

Other tracks to be included are Three Little Birds, One Love/People Get Ready, I Shot The Sheriff, Jamming, Exodus, Redemption Song, and Is This Love.

Both the CD and Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc can be found in a 28-page book featuring unseen photos and forewards written by Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and liner notes by author of the book Marley, Christopher Farley.

Special vinyl copies

Legend 30th Anniversary Edition will also be made available on vinyl bearing the colours associated with the Rastafari movement – red, gold and green.

According to the website http://www.bobmarley.com, Legend “illustrates the remarkable life and recording career of one of reggae music’s most important figures”.

Legend remains the world’s bestselling reggae album to date and continues to be one of the bestselling catalogue albums.

Tomorrow will mark the 33rd anniversary of the death of the late reggae icon.


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