It was not the first posthumous release from Bob Marley and the Wailers, but it is the most definitive.
It was May 1984, three years after the musician’s passing at age 36, that the compilation Legend was released by Island Records. The majority of the album contained Marley’s hits from the late 1970s to early 1980s, including “Jamming”, “Could You Be Loved”, and “Redemption Song”. Also included were three songs from the original Wailers (Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston), which were “Stir It Up”, “Get Up, Stand Up”, and “I Shot the Sheriff” (a number one hit for Eric Clapton). The album also contained one song from the 1983 posthumous album Confrontation, which was the song “Buffalo Soldiers”.
Legend would go on to top the UK charts, and reach the top twenty in the US. It has become the second longest-charting album of all time behind Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, with a chart run of 992 non-consecutive weeks (285 on the Billboard 200). It was ranked as one of the top fifty greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone, and has sold over eleven million copies in the US alone, and over 25 million worldwide.
To this day, Legend is regarded as the album that have captured what has made Marley an international icon, from his songwriting to the soul in his songs, making it a great start for those just discovering his music.