Bob Marley & the Wailers’ Legend stands tall as one of the best-selling and best-loved albums in history, having touched millions with a beautiful flow of Marley’s memorable songs, from ‘One Love/People Get Ready’ to ‘Get Up, Stand Up,’ ‘Is This Love’ to ‘Jammin’,’ ‘Could You Be Loved’ to ‘Three Little Birds,’ and eight more classics .
No, in celebration of #BobMarley75, the landmark album is set for release in a limited edition picture disc on 24 July, which presents the iconic cover shot backed with a previously unseen image of Bob Marley.
Legend was first released in May 1984 by Island Records. It is the best-selling reggae album of all-time, with over 15 million copies sold in the United States and an estimated 33 million copies sold globally. In 2003, the album was ranked number 46 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. As of January 2020, it has spent a total of 609 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart—the second longest run in history. In the UK, Legend has been certified 11× Platinum, and is the country’s 16th best-selling album of all time, with sales of approaching 4 million at the time of writing.
The stream marks the first time the concert has been shown in the exact running order since it took place on 4 June 1977. The 13-song set includes the classics ‘I Shot the Sheriff,’ ‘No Woman, No Cry,’ and ‘Jammin.’’
The performance was the final stop on the ‘Exodus’ tour, after Marley suffered a toe injury from playing soccer. Seven nights were booked for London’s Rainbow Theatre, but the final two (5 and 6 June respectively) were cancelled.
Legend is out on 24 July and can be pre-ordered here.