Bob Marley’s ‘Legend’ Turns 30: Deluxe Edition Coming This July

By Kevin Rutherford

This month 33 years ago, Bob Marley passed away at the age of 36 of cancer. Three years later, Legend, a posthumous compilation of some of the Rastaman’s biggest hits.

Legend turns 30 years old today, and to commemorate, Universal is revealing a special 30th anniversary version of the record, which hits stores this July.

In the new deluxe anniversary version of the album, the label is including Legend‘s entire rundown mixed in 5.1 surround sound for the first time, on a Blu-Ray pure audio disc. Additionally, the release includes the studio version of “No Woman, No Cry”; before, the version included was a live rendition, albeit one of Marley’s most famous, recorded at the Lyceum Theatre in London in 1975.

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According to a release, the album will also include two previously unheard versions of “Punky Reggae Party” and “Easy Skanking.” Both were included as bonus tracks in the 2002 remastered edition of the album.

The release also includes a 28-page casebound book that features forewords from Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, as well as liner notes and never-before-seen photos.

Legend, recorded with the Wailers, Marley’s band for his entire career, remains the best-selling reggae album of all time, having moved millions of albums globally. According to Billboard, it’s also the longest-charting album in its Billboard 200 album chart’s history, remaining there well over 1,000 weeks and having not dropped out of the chart since 1988.

Legend‘s newest special edition is out July 1.


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