In its wonderfully thorough renovation of the Bob Marley catalog, Universal has reissued remastered, bonus-track-enhanced versions of not only all of his studio and live albums but also the hit four-d

In its wonderfully thorough renovation of the Bob Marley catalog, Universal has reissued remastered, bonus-track-enhanced versions of not only all of his studio and live albums but also the hit four-disc Songs of Freedom boxed set and two-disc "Deluxe Editions" of the Catch a Fire and Exodus albums. That's not to mention UTV's heavily promoted One Love: Very Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers disc, which for many may have supplanted the 1984 compilation Legend—one of the all-time great single-artist anthologies and long a perennial on the Billboard catalog chart. Now, though, Universal has given us a new, improved Legend, one that offers a middle ground for those customers who want more than One Love but aren't up for investing in the boxed set. Complementing the original "best-of" compilation, the two-CD "Deluxe Edition" of Legend features an entire second disc of extended remixes, originally issued on 12-inch vinyl in the '80s. These remixes are generally excellent, as with Paul "Groucho" Smykle's retooling of "Jamming" and dub versions of "One Love/People Get Ready" and "Three Little Birds." There are miscues here, too—such as E.T. Thorngren's disco-fied take on "Buffalo Soldiers"—but there are also effective remixes of "Lively Up Yourself" and "Coming in From the Cold," which are songs not included on disc one. Even though many of the Marley totems on the first best-of disc of Legend are also featured on One Love, the track listing for disc one does vary; the sublime "Sun Is Shining" isn't included, but the version of "Redemption Song" here is the superior solo rendition. And it is the longer, LP versions of "Exodus" and "Stir It Up" that are used. There are also a couple of bonus tracks added to the original Legend lineup: "Easy Skanking" and "Punky Reggae Party." Once again, Universal has given a new lease on life to a catalog classic.—BB