Bob Marley ‘Legend’ 35th Anniv. Reissue Due

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On June 14, the Marley Family, Island Records and UMe will observe the 35th anniversary of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend with a double 180-gram vinyl reissue. Initially released on May 8, 1984, Legend, says the press release announcing the reissue, “holds the distinction of being the world’s best-selling reggae album of all time with over 15 million copies sold in the United States alone, and over 28 million worldwide. A greatest hits compilation for the ages, Legend is the soundtrack to the remarkable life and recording career of one of reggae music’s most important and influential figures. This iconic collection not only serves as the perfect introduction to the music of Bob Marley, it has also become an essential element of every reggae fan’s permanent collection.”

This vinyl-only 35th anniversary reissue comprises the original “BMW1” version of Legend with the addition of two original U.K.-only cassette bonus tracks (“Easy Skanking” and “Punky Reggae Party”). “Taken as a whole, the 16 songs that comprise Legend have literally defined a genre,” says the release. Among the album’s instantly recognizable tracks are “Get Up Stand Up,” “One Love/People Get Ready,” “I Shot The Sheriff,” “Three Little Birds,” “Jammin” and “Exodus.” Other Legend anthems like “No Woman No Cry” and “Is This Love” feature backing vocals from the I Threes, an all-female trio comprised of Marley’s wife Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths.

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Rita Marley’s own career retrospective, dubbed Lioness of Reggae, is being released on limited-edition vinyl by Tuff Gong Worldwide on May 3.

A new visual for “Satisfy My Soul” was recently shot by Pantera as directed by Brian Kazez and produced by Propaganda Films, “serving as a conceptual interpretation of the song to show what it means to ‘feel alright’ in Jamaica,” says he announcement. This also happens to be the same directorial team that shot a new clip for “Easy Skanking,” which was filmed in Kingston.

Watch the video for “Satisfy My Soul”

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  1. California Love Topicals
    #1 California Love Topicals 26 May, 2019, 15:43

    Hoping to be part of this event. Looking forward to jamming to some reggae and Cheerings to Bob!

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