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Classic Album Review: Bob Marley & The Wailers | Live At The Roxy + Legend: The Best Of DVD

The reggae icon's posthumous release parade continues with this live LP & DVD.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


For famous musicians, death is always a good career move. But nobody — not Jimi Hendrix, not Jim Morrison, not Janis Joplin, not John Lennon, hell, not even Elvis Presley — has made passing on pay off quite like Bob Marley.

More than 22 years after he died of cancer, the reggae legend’s popularity continues to grow. As does his catalogue. Nary a month goes by with some piece of posthumous product (authorized or otherwise) plopping onto the market. A couple of the better ones to emerge lately cater to both audiophiles and the vidiots.

For those who just want the music, Live At The Roxy offers a two-disc recording of a suitably smokin’ 1976 concert in L.A., with a set list that includes Wailers classics such as Lively Up Yourself, No Woman No Cry, Positive Vibration and (of course) I Shot The Sheriff. For those who want some pictures to go with the melodies, there the Legend DVD, which has a couple of hours of videos and live footage, along with an 85-minute documentary.

Granted, both releases consist mainly of previously available fare: Almost all of the Roxy gig was included on last year’s Rastaman Vibration Deluxe Edition, and the Legend video is really just an expanded version of a 1984 edition. But hey, it’s not like Bob is recording any new product. And for a guy who hasn’t written a song in a couple of decades, you gotta admit he’s doing pretty well for himself.