If you are expecting just the videos for the tracks on Bob Marley's extremely successful greatest hits CD, you are going to be pleasantly surprised with this DVD. Legend is much more than a simple, video anthology. It is a historical telling of the music of Bob Marley presented in 23 videos, most of which are performances, and a 90-minute documentary. The documentary is a collage of images and video clips put to a running dialogue by Marley. Unless you are very familiar with the Jamaican dialect, it is recommended to watch this with the subtitles turned on. Interesting, but there are better documentaries out there (e.g., The Bob Marley Story: Caribbean Nights).
Since its 1984 release, Legend has become the biggest selling reggae album of all time. The first rate critics include former head of Island Records and the man who created the Legend compilation; Dave Robinson, and world famous music writer Lloyd Bradley.
Recorded over 30 years ago while Marley was touring in support of his album Uprising, Live Forever is Bob Marley's last recorded concert. This never before released audio collection offers an incredible snapshot of one of music's most influential performers. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Live Forever: The Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, PA September 23, 1980 (UMe/Tuff Gong International) is a 2 CD/3LP/Digital collection that features many of Bob's most cherished songs, and is available for the first time. This unforgettable concert contains unique performances of "No Woman No Cry", "Jammin'", and "Is This Love", to name a few, and depicts a musical innovator and inspiration to many cultures and generations. This spectacular audio documentary Live Forever, also immortalizes the last song Marley ever performed live in concert, "Get Up Stand Up" his rally cry for equality.
A posthumous collection produced by Rita Marley, based on work left behind by Bob upon his death. Some of his best post-Wailers work is here, with songs like "Buffalo Soldier," "Chant Down Babylon," and "Blackman Redemption." Given that he wasn't alive to do the production that he usually helped in, this album seems remarkably true to the general vision of Bob Marley's albums. Other somewhat lesser-known tracks also help to fill in all of the cracks with some remarkable material. Case in point: "Jump Nyabinghi," a nice danceable groove with perhaps less of the usual politics mixed in, but with just as much musicality. Overall, any Bob Marley fan ought to own this album. For the uninitiated, Legend is always the starting point, but, after that, this may not be such a bad choice for additions to the collection.
Before Bob Marley came on the scene, many in Britain dismissed reggae as either the stuff of one-hit wonders or skinhead dance music. Now it is recognized as an influential style, which has not only sold millions of records worldwide but had a major effect on the mainstream. Eric Clapton, the Police and the Clash are just three artists touched by reggae's magic and Marley's majesty. Few of his fans realise the man's recording career was as lengthy as it was: though he died aged just 36 in 1981, he'd been active in the studio since 1962 onwards. This collection can only scratch the surface of Bob Marley's genius.