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Bob Marley & The Wailers / Legend limited edition vinyl picture disc

Reissued to mark Bob Marley’s 75th birthday 

The classic Bob Marley & The Wailers’ compilation Legend is being reissued as a limited edition vinyl picture disc in July.

Legend is the ‘ABBA Gold’ of reggae albums and is estimated to have sold around 28m copies worldwide. Like that ABBA compilation, Universal Music are always looking for ways to re-market it. Back in 2014 there was an excellent CD+blu-ray deluxe (with 5.1 mix) and a double ‘tri-colour’ vinyl package with two bonus tracks (‘Easy Skanking’ and ‘Punky Reggae Party’).

The new vinyl picture disc marks what would have been Bob Marley’s 75th birthday (it was actually back in February). It is a single disc and reverts to the standard 14-track selection including songs such as ‘Is This Love’; ‘Buffalo Soldier’; ‘No Woman’, ‘No Cry’; ‘Stir It Up’; ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ and more.

One side of the record depicts the standard cover shot while the other side apparently offers a previously unseen image of Bob (still unseen because I don’t know what it looks like!).

Legend is reissued as a vinyl picture disc on 24 July 2020 via UMC/Island.

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1. Is This Love
2. No Woman, No Cry (Live At The Lyceum, London/1975)
3. Could You Be Loved
4. Three Little Birds
5. Buffalo Soldier
6. Get Up, Stand Up – The Wailers
7. Stir It Up (Original Album Version)
8. One Love / People Get Ready (Medley)
9. I Shot The Sheriff – The Wailers
10. Waiting In Vain
11. Redemption Song
12. Satisfy My Soul
13. Exodus
14. Jamming

8 responses to Bob Marley & The Wailers / Legend limited edition vinyl picture disc

  1. Bryan Rees says:

    This was of course issued on picture disc when the package was first released in 1984. This disc has become a quite hard to find collectable, fetching fairly decent prices, £40+ depending on condition. So this 2020 picture disc issue is either going to be seen as a godsend to those looking for a cheaper version, or an annoyance to those who’ve already paid out for an ‘original’. However, the B side picture will be different, so there’s scope here for all ‘Bob collectors’. Whenever a picture disc is issued, the first comments are usually “what’s the sound quality like”? They’re never going to be audiophile. The best sounding pic discs were usually the 1970s US pressed ones that were double sided pictures pressed within clear vinyl. The manufacturing process resulted in the disc basically being a clear vinyl disc, with a superior groove to the ‘black rim’ variety, which are an entirely different manufacturing process. Most are pressed nowadays by GZ Vinyl who, as aficionados know, are VERY hit and miss with their production quality. So, wait and see!

  2. Kevin Brown says:

    I do hope we are going to get more than this picture disc to celebrate Bob,s 75th birthday. Normally Tuff Gong/Island have done really great Deluxe sets and last year it was Survivals 40th and we got no Deluxe issue for that album and now this year it’s Uprising’s 40th and we are half way through 2020 and have heard nothing on any Deluxe editions of both these albums. I realise a lot of the Live Celebrations have had to be cancelled for Bob’s Birthday celebrations because of Covid, but most of us in the UK would not have seen those concerts anyway as most were in the USA. I love Bob Marleys albums and would love to see more outtakes, alternate takes and 12″ mixes released and a release of these type of tracks would have been much more welcome than Yet another release of Legend. How many more times can this be released, I agree with you Paul the Legend CD/Blu Ray package was really great and the Only other great release of Legend (apart from the original vinyl) was the DVD+2CD Deluxe package which featured the excellent Documentry “Time Will Tell”.

  3. MARK LEVY says:

    Last time I got Legend remastered as a single LP, I don’t know if it was my turntable but the mastering sounded terrible. I hope its improved this time. However, I did get the tri-colour double album which is superb.

  4. Soren says:

    Hope they also wille release the 12” singles with the mixes from Legend.

  5. yep says:

    How many times can this album be reissued? I just assumed they started issuing copies of this, Dark Side of the Moon and Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-1978 to everyone in their freshmen year of college

  6. KevinK says:

    A single vinyl disc for Legend usually means poor sound quality – mainly because it’s over 30 minutes on each side. I doubt many buyers will be intending to play the new picture disc though.
    The main issue with the CD/Blu-Ray deluxe is the 5.1 mix of No Woman No Cry is the original studio version rather than the expected Live At The Lyceum version.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Indeed. Worrying about poor sound quality on a vinyl picture disc is like worrying about how to stay cool in the artic. You do get the live version of NWNC on the CD of course.

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