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I remember when I was in college everyone had this "album" (yeah, I know it's a compilation). Seemed like every time you checked out someone's CD collection "Legend" was in there somewhere... recently I was down at ASU and I saw some dude wearing a Bob Marley tee and I wondered whether Marley is still getting props amongst college kids. Is knowing every song on that "album" still a rite of passage?
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It still seems to sell around 250,000 copies per year:
I assume those are mostly younger people since everyone over the age of 25 either has it or doesn't want it.
Meh, just go get the whole catalog. Legend misses some fantastic stuff, like Kaya and Easy Skankin.
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It's a great "album" - I remember it being a good intro into other types of music.
Fortunately, potheads are still keeping it relevant. On a related note, I looked up Bob Marley on Spotify earlier this morning and noticed that the overwhelming majority of his albums are "greatest hits" albums. Talk about being a great musician.
Great "album" still jam out to this. Love Marley. But I have to agree that lots of college kids listen to him because they see all the posters with him smoking a huge joint and they think its cool. Most do not understand the influence he had both culturally and musically.
I see the occasional student wearing a Che Guevera tee shirt, having no conception of the profound negative influence he had on education in Cuba, and the fact he was an outright butcher - murdering either directly or at his direction thousands of people.
"But dude, check out my Che shirt! and Redemption Song is awesome!"
Redemption Song IS awesome.
This probably annoyes me more than anything. Che has become a pop culture icon and people have made millions if dollars off of his image. He has come to represent simple rebellion. No one that wears his image even know what Gurilla Warfare is let alone read the book. They wear the shirts not knowing that they are feeding the system that Che fought and untimately died for. Yes I agree that Che and more directly Castro destroyed Cuba however when he was fighting he truly believed he was fighting injustice and fighting for all people of South America. But back on track. Bob Marley was voted "Most Influential Artis if the 20th centry" and he is still influencing the good musicians today.
The Marley documentary is much-watch material.
I don't like the pot, so I never got into Marley.
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Dude couldn't really do much about record companies repackaging his songs after he was dead. Rita Marley, his wife and sometimes backup singer, controls his estate and seems to sign any contract put in front of her. Bob's image is used on everything and IIRC he is second only to Elvis on the most profitable dead folks list.
Marley released eleven studio and two live albums before he died. One studio and three live albums of original material were released posthumously. Wikipedia lists 40 compilation / greatest hits / remix albums and five boxed sets, released by four different labels.
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If you are a fan of reggae, "The Harder They Come" is required viewing. That movie got reggae international attention, and made Marley's success possible. Jimmy Cliff was outstanding in the lead role.
Dis da truf, mon.
Plus, the first several years of his career, he wasn't doing albums, he was doing 45s.
Some of my favorites from that era:
Go Jimmy Go
Adam and Eve
One Cup of Coffee
Teenager in Love
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His live stuff is incredible. My uncle followed/drove the Wailers around for awhile when he was in college and got some great bootlegs out of it. The Boarding House in SF was by far the best, and it's where the iconic recording of "No Woman, No Cry" on Legend came from.
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I never got into him but I have long joked that in order to be a college kid then you inevitably went through a Bob Marley phase and had that one poster hanging up somewhere in your place. You all know the one i'm talking about.
You don't need pot to enjoy/appreciate art
It heightens it though.
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Babylon By Bus is one if the greatest albums of all time.
Agree with the earlier post about The Harder They Come.
That movie opened the door of reggae to the world.
Black Uhuru,Burning Spear,Steel Pulse,Jacob Miller,Scratch Perry,King Tubby,Augustus Pablo,Aswad and more,all were Roots giants of the 70's and 80's.
Everyone from The Police,The Clash,Blondie,Culture Club,The English Beat,The Specials,were influenced by the sound if Jamaica.
Bob was the king and his music sounds as fresh today as it did 30 years ago.
Is there anyone playing today that we will give a damn about 30 years from now?
yes dictators propped up by the US are much better.
Of his two major live albums released in his lifetime, Babylon by Bus is by far the weaker.
Of course they are. Everything worked out perfectly in those countries. Oh wait...
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