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**THE ARTIST** Ok, everybody knows who Bob Marley was. The deserving king of Reggae, a highly talented artist, both performing and writing, a legend that will live on forever. Robert Nesta Marley was born on February 6th, 1945 in Saint Ann, Jamaica. Music was always a big part of Bob Marley's life, he left school at the very young age of 14 to start performing. His first two singles were recorded in 1962. In 1963 The Wailers were formed, a ska rocksteady trio consisting of Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, it is with these two that some of the best known Marley songs were brought to life. It was the well known and loved single 'No Woman No Cry' that gained international success for the album 'Natty Dread'. There are many political themed songs, some of which contreversial but brilliant. Sadly, Bob Marley died in 1981 from cancer that had spread throughout his body. At first he wouldn't recieve treatment because of his dedication to his Rastafari belief. It would take far too long to list the titles of every single album, so, there are: 16 official studio albums from Bob Marley & The Wailers, 4 official live albums from Bob Marley & The Wailers, 8 official compilation albums, 11 compilation albums of material recorder at Studio One, 14 compilation albums of material recorded between 1966-1971, 7 official remix albums, and finally, 6 tribute albums. See, a lot of albums there!! **TRACKLIST** 1. Is This Love 2. No Woman, No Cry (Live) 3. Could You Be Loved 4. Three Little Birds 5. Buffalo Soldier 6. Get Up, Stand Up 7. Stir It Up 8. Easy Skanking 9. One Love 10. I Shot The Sheriff 11. Waiting In Vain 12. Redemption Song 13. Satisfy My Soul 14. Exodus 15. Jammin' 16 Punky Reggae Party **MY FAVOURITE TRACKS** **1. Is This Love** A perfect opener for this fantastic album. It starts off with a steady reggea beat quickly followed by the soulful voice of Bob Marley. If this song doesn't make you relax then nothing will! The chorus is made incredibly catchy with the repetetive lines. It almost seems like Bob doesn't even have to try on this track, it just comes naturally and flows perfectly! Favourite lyrics: "Is this love, is this love, is this love that I'm feelin'" 10/10. **2. No Woman, No Cry** I honestly don't think I've ever met a person who doesn't know and love this song. It is probably one of the most well known reggae hits of all time, it has been covered by many artists over the years. It isn't an up beat track like 'Is This Love', it is slower and has more of a sombre feel but still with that power to relax you! Favourite lyrics: "No woman, no cry, no woman, no cry, little darlin' don't shed no tears, no woman, no cry". 10/10. **4. Three Little Birds** This track starts off with a very attention grabbing melody that will hook you in within seconds! This one again features the fantastic soulful vocals of Bob Marley with feel good lyrics that are likely to put anyone in a good mood! It's a great summer tune. Favourite lyrics: "Don't worry, 'bout a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright". 10/10. **15. Jammin'** Yet again, another fantastic reggae beat with lyrics that will stick with you all day! This is one of the most well known songs from Bob Marley, one of the best too. The opening melody will have you tapping your feet within seconds of the track beginning! Favourite lyrics: "We're jammin', to think that jammin' was a thing of the past, we're jammin', I hope this jam is gonna last". 10/10. **OTHER GREAT TRACKS** 03. Could You Be Loved 05. Buffalo Soldier 06. Get Up, Stand Up 09. One Love 10. I Shot The Sheriff 12. Redemption Song 14. Exodus **MY OVERALL OPINION** If you are a fan of reggae or ska then this album is a must own. Actually, I personally think that everybody should own a copy of this CD, even if it's just out of respect for the genius that was Bob Marley! He acheived so much and his music is fantastic. The only bad thing about this album is that it is missing a few brilliant songs like 'Kaya'. I couldn't recommend this album more highly, 10/10. Thanks For Reading!
I'm sure I am not alone when I say that one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our generation was Bob Marley. I first came across him in London in the mid seventies when my husband received complimentary tickets to the sell out Bob Marley and The Wailers Natty Dread tour. I was never a fan of reggae and knew nothing of Bob Marley, but as soon as the tall dreadlocked star walked on stage I was transfixed and have been a big listener of his ever since. Legend has been released on different formats many times over, I am reviewing the original 1984 vinyl release which has fourteen of the songs that made Bob Marley a real life Legend. ~~ Is This Love ~~ This is a very catchy song and arguably one of Marleys best known, I'm afraid it isn't a favourite of mine because it's rather repetitive throughout but the music and backing vocals from The Wailers make this a very upbeat and soulful song. I find Is This Love isn't as meaningful as a lot of other Marley songs, although certainly very listenable. Rating - 3/5 ~~ No Woman, No Cry ~~ One of my favourite songs ever, this is a heartfelt and impassioned look at how love can survive in one of the poor suburbs of Jamaica. Incidentally, this song is not about a man being brave because he does not have a woman as the title would suggest, it is the man telling his woman not to cry at their poor situation as the word 'No' in Jamaican Patois translates to 'nuh' which means 'don't'. A beautifully haunting song which never fails to bring me out in goosebumps, and which I only have to hear once for it to leave me whistling the tune for days. "Good friends we have, oh, good friends we've lost Along the way In this great future, you can't forget your past So dry your tears, I say" Rating - 5/5 ~~ Could You Be Loved ~~ This is a true Marley classic, sung from the heart with strong Wailers backing vocals and mellow guitar music carrying the tune. I love the way this song flips between a slow soulful and then a heavier rockier tempo, an excellent song which makes the most of Bob Marleys powerful singing voice and is almost sad in sound but while still managing to remain an upbeat song which will have you tapping your toes to the rhythm. Rating - 4/5 ~~ Three Little Birds ~~ Bob Marley apparently penned this song thinking of the three female vocalists who made up The Wailers, the women who were indisputably his rock during the turbulent times in his life. Beautiful lyrics with a sweet forthright tune mingle to create a wonderful tribute to these three talented women. Rating - 5/5 ~~ Buffalo Soldier ~~ The Buffalo Soldiers were black troops serving under the US Cavalry and although Bob Marley has taken the name for a song, he has slightly modernised it and in my interpretation also discusses through his lyrics the struggles African men were still facing in the 1970's and 80's. A lovely song which not only sounds good but carries a powerful message if you listen properly to the lyrics. The bass line on Buffalo Soldier is perfect for the speed of the song and the soft vocals of The Wailers behind Marleys powerful voice give the song a wonderful depth of sound. "I'm just a Buffalo Soldier in the heart of America Stolen from Africa, bought to America Said he was fighting on arrival, fighting for survival Said he was a Buffalo Soldier, win the war for America" Rating - 5/5 ~~ Get Up, Stand Up ~~ Possibly the most played Bob Marley song, I think most of us will know it. The strong lyrics combined with slow and soulful backing music make this an extremely powerful song which never fails to move me. The music at the background is hard to describe, lots of percussion and definitely puts me in mind sound-wise of the kind of music that would be heart warming within the slave trade many years ago. Rating - 4/5 ~~ Stir It Up ~~ This song I am not particularly keen on, there is nothing wrong with it as such but it is just not really my cup of tea. I think it's a soothing, slow tempo song which is nice enough just not terribly in keeping with the rest of the album, and I also think it lacks the messages prominent in most of Marleys other songs. It's redeeming feature in my opinion is the backing vocals of The Wailers which add depth and feeling to an otherwise rather pointless song. Rating - 2/5 ~~ One Love / People Get Ready ~~ I love this combination of songs, here Marley has written from the heart about his wish that the world would unite and put an end to suffering. It has an almost gospel feel to it that is an undertone to the classic reggae sound of the song, I love the biblical style lyrics because I feel they were written and sung with passion. People Get Ready by The Impressions has been interspersed within the song and this gives the impression that he is calling for some kind of revolution, or perhaps prophesying one, to help along the perfect world he is singing about in One Love. Rating - 5/5 ~~ I Shot The Sheriff ~~ Arguably one of Bob Marleys most famous songs, I Shot The Sheriff is a classic reggae tune which does not have the touch of Western that the title would suggest! It has stood the test of time, despite the massacre of this wonderful song by Eric Clapton a few years after Marleys hit. It has very morose music which adds weight to the lyrics, and again The Wailers give it a haunting quality which makes this an amazing piece of music. Rating - 5/5 ~~ Waiting In Vain ~~ A lovely story about unrequited love, the lyrics fit beautifully with the soothing guitar music and Marleys voice conveys both hope of a love affair and the crushing disappointment of being messed around by the lady concerned. There's a brilliant guitar solo halfway through the song which breaks the song up and adds a lovelorn quality to it, mixing in with the lyrics perfectly. "From the very first time I blessed my eyes on you, girl My heart says follow through But I know now that I'm way down on your line But the waiting feel is fine So don't treat me like a puppet on a string 'Cause I know I have to do my thing" Rating - 5/5 ~~ Redemption Song ~~ Redemption Song was supposedly written by Bob Marley after his cancer diagnosis and I think the turmoil comes through in both the lyrics and the music, whether this was intended or not. It is a very deep song which has more the feel of a folk song than the reggae Marley is best known for, I think this is down to the simplicity of the lyrics and message and the fact that this is a purely acoustic track with Bob Marley accompanying his own vocals on guitar. It's a sad song with very biblical lyrics and it takes my breath away every time I listen to it. Rating - 5/5 ~~ Satisfy My Soul ~~ Bob Marley has written here about his love for a woman and how she makes him feel and changes his life. It is such a sweet song and was my late husbands favourite so has an even more special place in my heart, the lyrics and music are so beautifully written that you cannot help but envy the woman who has had such a lovely song written about her. The lyrics are not traditionally romantic as such, but Marley has such a way with words that this song astounds me with its beauty. Rating - 5/5 ~~ Exodus ~~ A frantic song in my opinion, Exodus has a fast tempo which is made all the more obvious because of the soulful and rapid backing of The Wailers. Again, very biblical in both lyrics and style with a powerful message and manages to sound angry yet subdued at the same time. Exodus is not classic reggae in my opinion, more a melding of different genres with perhaps a slight punk feel to it. Rating - 4/5 ~~ Jammin' ~~ The Legend album ends with the very catchy Jammin' which I think is reggae at it's best. It's upbeat and cheerful, I think Jammin' is a perfect way to end this excellent album because it leaves the listener wanting more Bob Marley. I think it's a great song which, although definitely not Marley at his best, is very listenable and mellow. Rating - 5/5 I think you can tell that I adore this album. I love the way Bob Marley has lived on through his music since his tragic death aged just 36, he is an artist that anyone of any age and ethnicity can listen to and enjoy. I have seven or eight of his albums but Legend is the one that is played most often in my house because it is such a wonderful mix of his music, each song goes well with the rest but they are all of wildly differing styles within the reggae genre. You can buy a remastered copy of Legend on Amazon for as little as £8.98, or a second hand copy for around £2.50. This is money well spent though because I guarantee you will play it again and again, plus if you're new to Bob Marley then I would suggest Legend as a perfect introduction to Bob Marley and The Wailers.
~~~~~~~~~~Legend - Bob Marley~~~~~~~~~~ Bob Marley did more to bring reggae music to Britain than probably any other Jamaican singer, and though he had an early ska and reggae career, it was really only the last ten years of his life that he made it in the UK. Tragically he died in 1981 and the top of his career and the first release of Legend was in 1984. 10 platinum albums later, having been on vinyl, cassette, and CD it remains the biggest selling album of it's genre (well I couldn't find any bigger) and arguably the greatest set of Marley songs on one album. The album was 'remastered' in 2002 and two more tracks from the original 14 were added; 'Easy Skanking', in my opinion a great addition, with some very cool lyrics, Marley at his laid back best, and 'Punky reggae Party', not Marley's best offering and a travesty to include this. As there are 16 tracks I am going to dispense with my normal way of reviewing albums or there will be something approaching a dissertation, instead I will pick, in my opinion the top 3 tracks and tell you why. ~~~~~~~~~~**Track List**~~~~~~~~~~ 1. Is This Love 2. No Woman, No Cry 3. Could You Be Loved 4. Three Little Birds 5. Buffalo Soldier 6. Get Up, Stand Up 7. Stir It Up 8. Easy Skanking 9. One Love/People Get Ready 10. I Shot the Sheriff 11. Waiting in Vain 12. Redemption Song 13. Satisfy My Soul 14. Exodus 15. Jamming 16. Punky Reggae Party ~~~~~~~~~~The top three~~~~~~~~~~ The best track: One of my all time favourite songs, No Woman No Cry. Marley sings from the heart, the wailers are perfect, the baseline is legendary. The first 55 seconds are just music with the occasional hum from the Wailers, and then Bob comes in. It is a Jamaican song in that it tells of his history, of poverty and his feelings. Seven minutes of live recording; the crowd know it and love it, and you feel like you are there, the ambience is divine. Several times he just encourages the crowd to sing and he stops. There is a brilliant lead guitar solo about 4 and a half minutes in, dunno who it is, but it is brilliant. Everything's gonna be alright!! Number 2. Waiting in Vain: To me the ultimate song of hope and patience. Pure happiness is what I feel when I hear this song, even though the message is melancholic. The backing base and lead guitar is instantly recognisable, there are parts of the lead guitar that sometimes make me think of Santana, I may have just committed heresy there. It is as close to perfect as a song gets. I must mention that Annie Lennox has done a cracking version of this too. "Tears in my eyes burn, while I'm waiting for my turn". 3. Redemption song: Marley getting all mystical, philosophical and religious. The vocal is like he is singing in the same room as you. Guitar and purity of voice and feeling, sends a real tingle down my spine. In this track he shows his ability to convey a story, to make you believe him and to bring you into his World, magic. It is a story that relates directly to the slave trade and the physical redemption of those shackles not being the only freedom needed, spiritual and mental freedom is yet to come in his eyes. Stunning. ~~~~~~~~~~Finally~~~~~~~~~~ I mentioned Easy Skanking earlier, the opening lines are fantastic: "Excuse me while I light my spliff, oh god I gotta take a lift, from reality I just can drift, that's why I'm staying with this riff......take it easy".....For the Dooyoo militia: I am not glorifying drugs, just the sentiment, and being Rastafarian Bob Marley always had had something to say or sing about the 'Herb'. There is no better Marley compilation, if you don't have this in your music collection, shame on you.
Since seeing The Wailers perform at the London Rise Against Racism festival, it reminded me of how many great songs they have in their repertoire with Bob Marley and decided it was long overdue to buy a Best Of compilation. The album starts off with Is This Love the Marley penned classic from 1978 and the song really needs no introduction. It was taken from the Kaya album, which revolved around the duel themes of love and marijuana, and this instance the song was about love. It is a beautiful song, and certainly at the Rise concert, got the crowd singing. It is followed by No Woman, No Cry originally from the Natty Dread album and is about the struggle of life in the Trenchtown, the rundown part of Kingston, Jamaica where Bob grew up with his mother after his father died. The version of the song on Legend is not from Natty Dread but from Live! which was a live album that the band recorded in 1975 at the Lyceum in London. It is worth noting that the writing credit for the song is given to a Vincent Ford, a friend of Marleys who ran a soup kitchen in Trenchtown. It is thought that Marley himself actually wrote it, but the royalties kept the soup kitchen afloat. The song stands out, particularly live, because of the hook Everythings Gonna Be Alright chanted repeatedly. Could You be Loved is the next track and is taken from the 1980 Uprising album. The single reached No 5 in the UK singles charts, the highest any Bob Marley and The Wailers track reached. This is followed by Three Little Birds, (the Dont Worry About A Thing song) from the 1977 Exodus album, one of bands more commercially and critically successful albums. Bobs son Ziggy recently collaborated with Jamaican dance hall artist Sean Paul on a cover of this song. Buffalo Soldier, the next track, was on the post-humous 1983 album Confrontation and is a catchy, classic reggae song written about the black soldiers conscripted to fight in the American Civil War. The CD also contains early tracks such as Get Up, Stand Up written by Bob and original Wailer Peter Tosh (McIntosh) and is on The Wailers 1973 Burnin album. At this time they worked as The Wailers only, Bob Marley and The Wailers didnt become an entity until after 1974. The song became the anthem of Amnesty International and was important in the Rasta movement. Its militancy is quite typical of the Wailers at this time. This is followed by Stir it Up, a gentle, chilled track from The Wailers first album Catch a Fire, released in 1973, the album was important in the fact that it brought reggae out of Jamaica and into the international arena. Easy Skanking in the next track, taken from the album Kaya, and is homage to marijuana. I was not as familiar with this track as some of the others but it is as slow and laid-back as you imagine it would be! This is followed by One Love/People Get Ready, another of the well known songs (although not a hit in the UK) where Marley was influenced by Curtis Mayfield and his song People Get Ready. Back to early Wailers songs, the next track on the compilation is I Shot the Sheriff, a song about justice with a great reggae beat from the Burnin album. It was covered successfully by Eric Clapton who had a US No 1 and a UK Top Ten hit with his version. Then we are back to the Exodus album with Waiting In Vain, a beautiful, love song about unrequited love. I was not overly familiar with the next track on the disc, Redemption Song from 1980s Uprising album. It is one of his more religious songs written whilst Marley was fighting cancer and in a lot of pain, according to his wife, Rita. It is an acoustic track and Marley sings about emancipation from mental slavery. Satisfy My Soul is a gentle ska/reggae hybrid from the Kaya album, a song that fitted in quite well with the commercial ska movement in the UK at the time. Exodus, from the album of the same name, was Marleys second UK hit. Written whilst Marley and his wife were living in London, after an assassination attempt on them in their Jamaican home, it is possibly influenced by this but also the Rasta movement and has a strong funk beat running through it. Jamming is the penultimate track, a catchy, popular track that was Marleys first UK Top Ten (with Punky Reggae Party). While at first listen this seems like I wanna jam it with you is about a musical jam session, but on closer inspection is actually more about uniting in front of God (or Jah as the Rastafarian God is known). The final track is a bonus track, Punky Reggae Party, described as a tribute to the flourishing cultural intersection in the UK of reggae and punk rock, although it definitely sounds more reggae than punk to me. Marley developed a form of skin cancer which spread around his body; he died in Miami in May 1981, unable to make it home to Jamaica to die. He was 36. Who were the Wailers: Bob, his school friend Bunny Livingston (later known as Bunny Wailer) and Peter Tosh were the Wailers at the beginning of their international success, although had previously been a six piece. After Bunny and Peter left and the group was disbanded in 1974, Bob re-formed them as his backing band featuring: Aston Barrett Bass Guitar, percussion Carlton Barrett Drums and percussion Al Anderson Lead Guitar Junior Marvin Lead Guitar, backing vocals Tyrone Downie Keyboards, percussion, backing vocals Alvin Patterson Percussion I-Threes:Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt Backing Vocals Earl Lindo Keyboards, percussion, backing vocals Earl Smith Lead and Rhythm guitar, percussion Donald Kinsey Lead Guitar Bernard Harvey Piano, organ
Although generally a metal loving musician i am also partial to a bit of Bob marley, i was bought this CD as a present from a fellow band member a few years ago and can honestly say this has rarely left the player. The CD is a must have for any Marley fan or anyone who wants some decent music to chill out to. It has all of Bob marley and the wailers greatest songs on and some songs which may not be well known but are fantastic. Musically the CD is sound as far as reggae goes with good vocals and deep lyrics going back to the slave trade and rastafarianism. Tracks such as 'Redemption song' are thought provoking yet enjoyable. The CD has a mix of deep songs and easily listening tracks such as ';Jamming' The music is good with catchy tunes and some nice reggae guitar riffs. Here is the tracklist in order: 1. Is This Love 2. No Woman, No Cry 3. Could You Be Loved 4. Three Little Birds 5. Buffalo Soldier 6. Get Up Stand Up 7. Stir It Up 8. One Love / People Get Ready 9. I Shot The Sheriff 10. Waiting In Vain 11. Redemption Song 12. Satisfy My Soul 13. Exodus 14. Jamming The only non perfect thing about this is the cover which is no real problem as the music makes up this, there two different covers for this album! TOP CD!
Bob Marley and the Wailers' Legend is a timeless reggae album that will always be remembered for its positive messages and optimistic outlooks on life. No matter what mood you may be in, Legend will be sure to uplift your spirits?anger will change to peace, sadness shall evolve into ecstasy, joy will transform to bliss. Robert Nesta Marley was born on February 6, 1945 in the small village of Nine Miles in St. Ann, Jamaica. Bob was born to a British Naval Officer named Norval Marley and to a young Jamaican girl, Cedella Booker. Bob?s love for music really payed off in 1970, when he and his band, the Wailers, released Catch a Fire, the first of many successful albums. Bob Marley and Wailer?s success grew internationally over the years, going on several tours and releasing a number of successful albums. While on a European tour, Bob injured his toe while playing football (soccer to Americans), and was later diagnosed as being cancerous. But because of his Rastafarian faith, he refused surgery; an act that ultimately killed him due to the rapid spread of cancer on May 11, 1981. Legend was released as a greatest hits album in 1984 (three years after Bob?s tragic departure) and is my first album by Bob and the rest of the gang. My sister and brother-in-law got me into their music a few years ago, but just recently have I really begun to appreciate and understand the underlying messages and themes of this CD?themes of making the world a peaceful place, standing up for what you believe in, and enjoying life to the fullest. » The Songs ?Is This Love,? and "Satisfy My Soul" are two mid-tempo/mellow love songs, the former being slightly more interesting and catchy than the latter. While both songs are catchy and enjoyable, they're definitely not the strongest lyrically. But then again, after hearing some of the more serious songs (such as "Get Up Stand Up"), it?s kind of nice to listen to some light-hearted pi eces like ?Is This Love? and "Satisfy My Soul." ?Stir it Up? is much more sensual than ?Is This Love,? with its slow, funky musical stirrings and soothing vocals?it will definitely calm you down. ?No Woman No Cry? is a live recording (I hear this is the best version of the song available) which is a favorite of mine for pretty much everything?the vocals, the catchy but not overdone chorus, the smooth production, and the message that having an optimistic attitude will get you far in life. ?Could You Be Loved?, "Waiting in Vain," and ?One Love? are three other songs regarding the power of love, the first two being more straight-forward and serious, while the latter has a light-hearted, ?feel good? tone. Each and every love song, actually every song on the album, is sung with true sincerity and honesty?two characteristics which seem to be rapidly disappearing in our society today. Now we enter what I like to call the ?political zone,? the songs involving political issues and the rights of humanity. These are the songs whose lyrics are by far the strongest, displaying opinionated views on controversial topics. Starting off with ?Buffalo Soldier,? a definite favorite of mine, the song talks of a black man brought to America, forced to fight for his survival. I might be missing the true message, but I?m assuming the theme has to do with the equality between blacks and whites. ?Get Up Stand Up? is a self-explanatory titled track which tells everyone that it?s okay to stand up for what you believe in, even though others will disagree. ?I Shot the Sheriff? and ?Redemption Song? are definitely the most controversial songs on Legend, the former winning first prize for controversy. ?Exodus? is a mid-tempo song about freeing slaves, with Biblical references such as the exodus Moses led. The remaining songs have the ?no worry, be happy? mentality, a characteristic found in the light-hearted tracks such as ?Three Little Birds,? and ?Jammin?.? » In the End Legend is a must-buy album for people looking for quality, heart-felt, sincere music. You can definitely sense Bob?s honesty on every track through his vocals?you know that he?s definitely not a ?sell-out.? All of the lyrics are well thought-out, but the lyrics on songs such as ?Buffalo Soldier? and ?Redemption Song? are much better than ?Is This Love? and ?Waiting in Vain.? The only thing about the album that didn?t win an A+ was the music itself. Like most reggae, the songs tend to blend in with one another after a while. But thanks to the vocals and lyrics, the musical identity crisis didn?t really subtract from the overall quality of Legend. Anyone of any age can listen to Legend, but the album would definitely appeal to teens and adults more than smaller kids due to the music style and concepts. Being a teenager and just starting to understand Bob?s messages in the album, I think I?ll appreciate Legend more and more as time goes by. Definitely recommended - worthy of five stars.
Bob Marley is without a doubt one of the greatest artists ever to have lived. Although he is dead his music is widely appreciated and listened to all around the world. This album, his greatest hits album is quite frankly my favourite ablum ever. It has all hits hits from Jamming to Get up Stand up. With alot of greatest hits albums i find that ther are a few songs that i just can't listen to you know the ones where you think, skip this one because the next one if better. well with this album i find that very hard to do. I like very song on this album alot, although i do like some songs alot better than other like Buffalo Soldier, Jamming and redemption song, the other songs on offer here are all excellent and are just as good as the others. Bob music is excellent to just sit back and 'chill' too. With this album you have all of Bob best songs on one CD, how better can you get? Well you can't, this album is great to listening too, whilst kicking back with your bottle of red stripe and a joint (of the cannabis variety), maybe a few joints actually, yeah a few joint to get the mellowness going. This ablum really does send you to same palce different, his songs contain some great guitar riffs, and some excellent examples of a a wah-wah pedal being used to its full potential. You seriously think wow, what a genius this guy is, but not only that The Wailers were brilliant, they fitted in greatly and did what they were suppsoed to do to a great effect. Now if you want a new album and need something to relax with and chillout to, then if you don't have this, go down to your local music specialist now and buy this recored, it would be a shame to miss out on one of the greatest artists, greatest works! BOB rules!!!!!!! :-)
My Dad's a big Bob Marley fan, so I naturally listen to one every now and then. One Father's Day I went out looking to buy a Bob Marley CD for him but I noticed (not everyone may agree) that in his CDs their tends to be a couple of good songs which are well known and then the rest are kinda fillers. I bought him a three cd boxset which only contained about 5 decent songs to my ear that is, my Dad loved them all. Anyway that is not a good ratio. My mum took me to Tescos today after a physiotherapy appointment which absolutely killed my head, that's another story. Anyway now that I am on a basically vegetable diet which cuts the bill down about £20. I thought what the hell why not buy a CD to chill looking through the CDs, Limp Bizkit, Eminem, Dr Dre, pure garage. Well not much there to relax or chill with then I saw a Bob Marley boxset which contained 3 CDs and was priced at £8.99. I thought that couldn't be right, checked the tag and the label £8.99 it was then I looked at the front cover which list I think Buffalo Soldier, jamming and another and it hit the rest of the songs were basically all fillers. Put the CD down and ready to go about being locked in the house until my next medical appointment. But then from the corner of my eye I saw Legend The best of Bob Marley and he Wailers. Sounds good 'the best of'. Time for the test turn the cd case over to see all of my fav songs, here's the run down: 1.Is This Love 2.No Woman, No Cry (the fugees came close with their remix but this still rules the roost) 3.Could you be loved 4.Three Little Birds 5.Buffalo Soldier 6.Get Up Stand Up 7.Stir it up 8.One Love/People Get Ready (I remember this song from a fox biscuit add and I was searching MP3s trying to find it to no avail) 9.I Shot The Sheriff (I know some of you wanna say but I did not shoot the deputy, don't worry it's natural, I hope) 10.Waiting in Vain 11.R edemption song 12.Satisfy My Soul 13.Exodus 14.Jamming(one of the best) There are two things I can't believe there is not one single dud(that you don't like) song and it cost £11.99 when the triple CD cost 8.99 and nearly all the latest releases were around £10, I guess you are paying for quality and what can I say this album is absolute quality. Anything I like about this Album other than the GREAT music is that the back cover has a short little Para after each song giving an explanation of the song and which album it came from. There is only one track it doesn't give much of an explanation for which is track 7. Here's an example from track 4 "A luscious, bouncing chant to a brand new day, featuring bright, captivating vocal support by the I-Threes. Originally featured on the exodus Album" If you really listen to the songs such get up Stand up and one love you can really hear the message of the song and it generally I think gives you a lift. Each song has it's own meaning and each song is great another one is exodus just listen to the words and try to imagine what is being said it is amazing. Even if you don't listen to the words and just have it as kind of 'background' music it is still an excellent album. There are 14 track and the length of the CD is 1hr 2mins of classic Bob Marley at his best. BTW while I am writing this opinion I am actually listening to Bob a boy I feel relaxed (except from the excruciating pain in my head, another story again) Oh and go out and by this album now especially if you are the workaholic type who needs a bit of R&R.
I had this album for a while now, I would listen to it occasionally without really think anything about it. It was only until I read an opinion on Dooyoo about how good it was that I really thought ‘yes’ it is. This album is a excellent album representing everything for which Bob Marley stood for. There are some great songs like ‘one Love’, ‘No Woman No Cry’ and ‘Redemption Song’ In fact there’s many other great songs, which are just as good. If you listen to the lyrics they are words of fight for freedom, songs like ‘Get Up Stand Up’ motivating you to fight for what you believe in. Bob Marley must be one of the best artists ever, his tracks are consistently good and they are still popular has ever. He spoke his mind against the slavery of blacks in America and the corrupt politics across the world. His growing style would encompassed ever aspect of Jamaican life, the struggle’s of everyday life and his music effectively put Jamaica on the world map. My favourite song on this album is ‘Is this Love’ it’s just such a good song, the lyrics are brilliant and it’s special to me. Like many great people his life was cut short, but like many others, he left an amazing legacy behind one not to be forgotten. On the album cover there is a quote by Bob Marley: “I love the development of our music, How we’ve tried to develop, y’know? It grows. That’s why every day people come forward with new songs. Music goes on forever” How very true, but in the midst of new music, Bob Marley’s music will never be forgotten.
Bob Marley was an extraordinary talent. One of the few music artists who was not afraid to speak his mind about his beliefs, even those involving politics and religion. The world was introduced to Reggae by a man who would not forget his roots even though he went on to sell millions of records in just about every country ever heard of. From the upbeat 'Could this be Love' to the slow, haunting sound of 'Redemption Song', a song about slavery, this album is a great way to relax for people of any age. Many people claim not to like the music of Bob Marley. Play them this CD and within days they will own their own copy. Buy this for your little brother or your gran, as well as anyone in between. They're sure to like it.
He may be dead, but his songs live on. He was the Reggae voice of Jamaica. His songs are full of hope and freedom. He is a symbol of unity, of what can be achieved. He gives hope to people who need it, courage and optimism. His songs brace all cultures, hit every heart of every person. He’s the inspiration behind black music. He put Jamaica on the map. But, all his talents and all the fame in the world could not save him from death. By the age of 36, his life was ended. Yet, his songs are just as good as before, his message just as strong. The album ‘Legend’ the Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers, his by far my precious CD, even though I have hundreds, I regard this as one of my best. It has something about it, which makes me put it on top of my CD rack. Yet, I can’t put my finger on it. The songs are equally as excellent as one another. It features: 1. Is this Love 2. No woman no cry 3. Could you be loved 4. Three little birds 5. Buffalo Soldier 6. Get up stand up 7. Stir it up 8. One Love 9. I shot the sheriff 10. Waiting in Vain 11. Redemption Song 12. Satisfy my soul 13. Exodus 14. Jamming My favourite song has to be ‘Redemption Song’, it’s truly a marvellous piece of music. The lyrics are excellent, my favourite lines of the song are; ‘We forwarded in this generation Triumphantly Won’t you have to sing These songs of freedom Is all I ever have Redemption song………Redemption song Emancipate yourself from mental slavery None better themselves can free our man Have no fear for atomic energy As none of them can stop the time How long shall they kill our prophets While we stand a side and look Yes Some say it’s just a part of it We’ve to fulfil the full Won’t you have to say. These songs of freedo m (Please excuse me if they are a word out, I’m trying to listen and type) An excellent artist one which will be remembered for years to come, no doubt in that at all.
He's the man that calmed the world. He introduced relaxation to all with his music. There is no one I don't think that does not know a Bob Marley song. I dare say it is probably "One Love" or "No Woman, No Cry", but everyone will know one. This album is the greatest hits album and contains all the major songs that made him famous and the ones that are best to remember him by. If there was one song I had choose off the album, it would be "Redemption Song". Just listen and get lost wherever you are. Perfect after a stressful day.
When I think of Bob Marley, I think of the effect that he had on the whole world. 'One Love'. Nope, that isn't on the album, but there are alot of great hits here that you couldn't possibly not buy! My favourite song on this album, (and believe me it's hard just to mention one!), is 'Waiting in Vain', such a brilliant song, and we all do it at some point in our lives. There are many many songs on this album that are all extremely brilliant, afterall the man is a Legend! This is a must for your collection, it's not 'hard' reggae, it's reggae that makes you feel like you ought to be sitting on a beach drinking a 'Brown Cow'. A superb album with classic songs, definately MUST!
Disc #1 Tracklisting.1 Is This Love.2 No Woman, No Cry (Live).3 Could You Be Loved.4 Three Little Birds.5 Buffalo Soldier.6 Get Up, Stand Up.7 Stir It Up.8 Easy Skanking.9 One Love / People Get Ready.10 I Shot The Sheriff.11 Waiting In Vain.12 Redemption Song.13 Satisfy My Soul.14 Exodus.15 Jamming.16 Punky Reggae Party (Long Version)