I read something years ago and amazingly is still remains true 15 years later. In any genre, Bob Marley, alone, has the highest sales percentage of any reggae performer or group. He alone has captured more than 75% of reggae music sales. Astounding.
I dread compilation albums for many reasons. Few have included all of what should be chronicled. If not, it is supposed to give a broad overview of an artist's work. Legend, in my opinion, accomplishes the latter.
He recorded for nearly 20 years, with his groundbreaking Island catalog coming in 1970 with the release of Catch A Fire and ending in 1980 with Uprising. (Although, Confrontation was in the works at his death.) Legend came out in 1984 and has remained the defining moment among reggae lovers since.
His calypso and ska days won't be found here and in truth, many renditions of the tracks on Legend are equaled or surpassed on other albums or black-market releases such as his 1975 concert at The Quiet Nights Club in Chicago. That was breathtaking. Or his last live recording in Japan. (Although, his TDK studio recording of Catch A Fire in Toyko (1970-71) is outstanding as well.) What you have here is moments of greatness. Period.
This is album #1 of my Top 100 Reggae Albums of all time. I will update soon.