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On this day in music history: May 8, 1984 - “Legend”, the twelfth album by Bob Marley & The Wailers is released. Produced by Bob Marley & The Wailers, Chris Blackwell and Alex Sadkin, it is recorded at Dynamic Sound Studios, Harry J Studios, Randy’s Studios, Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Lyceum Theatre and Island Studios in London, from Early 1972 - Mid 1983. The fourteen track album is the first greatest hits compilation of Bob Marley & The Wailers catalog and covers material released from 1972 to 1983. It goes on to become the biggest selling reggae album in history, selling over twenty five million copies worldwide. To promote the album, the track “Buffalo Soldier”, a track from Marley’s final recording sessions in 1980 (first issued on the posthumous compilation “Confrontation” in 1983), is issued as a single to promote the album with an accompanying music video. The original cassette configuration includes two bonus tracks not included on the original vinyl LP pressing. In 2002, Universal Music Group issues a two CD Deluxe Edition with the second disc including extended versions and remixes of the tracks featured on the original album. “Legend” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number twenty six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 14x Platinum by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

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Stephen Marley at Tuff Gong Studio


Stephen Marley knows that recording at Jamaica’s Tuff Gong Studio is special. The legend and spirit of the studio’s past lives on in the sounds of the present, inspiring every musician who walks through the doors. 

Converse Rubber Tracks is opening Tuff Gong for free recording sessions to musicians around the world. Click here to register. 

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Cham feat. Damian Marley - Fighter, for BBC 1Xtra @ Tuff Gong Studios