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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Legend is a compilation of 14 of Bob Marley's best-loved songs. The album was first released in 1984, a few years after the artist's death (from cancer) in 1981. The CD was later reissued with two bonus tracks; there's also a deluxe edition that includes a bonus disc of remixed songs. Legend, which is Diamond-certified (meaning it has sold more than 10 million copies in the United States), includes mainly hit songs that tend to show a softer side of Marley's music; songs on his later albums, which are not represented here, are more aggressively political. Still, this is a warm and wonderful collection of favorites that raises few red flags in the parenting department. A couple of songs are somewhat sensual; only one is quite sexual ("Stir It Up"), there is one curse word ("hell"), one reference to drugs (a spliff [joint] in "Easy Skanking"), and one song with a violent event ("I Shot the Sheriff").
What's the story?
LEGEND is a collection of 14 of reggae superstar Bob Marley's best-loved hits. It was released in 1984, three years after the artist died of cancer. Included are iconic songs such as \"Three Little Birds,\" \"Get Up Stand Up,\" and \"I Shot the Sheriff.\" The CD was reissued in 2002, with the addition of two bonus tracks: \"Easy Skanking\" and \"Punky Reggae Party.\" For most listeners, Marley's name is synonymous with reggae; this collection has sold more than 10 million copies in the United States, making it the best-selling reggae album of all time.
Is it any good?
Legend is full of warm, wonderful songs that lift the spirits and inspire social conscience. Though some have criticized this collection for favoring friendly hits over Marley's later, politically-charged songs, this album full of classic tunes is an absolutely joy to hear and should have a place of honor in any reggae lover's record collection. The bonus tracks ("Easy Skanking" and "Punky Reggae Party") are not of the same caliber as the 14 original tracks, but they do round out the collection in their own ways.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the song "I Shot the Sheriff." What's going on in that song? Is the protagonist in this song a sympathetic one?
"Punky Reggae Party" shows the connection between punk and reggae music. What are some other songs that show how reggae influenced punk?
Listening to these songs, how would you describe Bob Marley's religious beliefs?
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