He was a committed Rastafari who infused his music with a sense of spirituality. In July 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe. Contrary to urban legend, this lesion was not primarily caused by an injury during a football match that year, but was instead a symptom of the already-existing cancer. Our man turned down his doctors' advice to have his toe amputated, citing his religious beliefs, and instead the nail and nail bed were removed and a skin graft taken from his thigh to cover the area. Despite his illness, he continued touring and was in the process of scheduling a world tour in 1980.
The album Uprising was released in May 1980. The band completed a major tour of Europe, where it played its biggest concert to 100,000 people in Milan. After the tour our man went to America, where he performed two shows at Madison Square Garden as part of the Uprising Tour. He appeared at the Stanley Theater (now called The Benedum Center For The Performing Arts) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 23 September 1980; it would be his last concert. He died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami at the age of 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death. The reason for this posting here is the fact that he was born 70 years ago today..
On 21 May 1981, Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga delivered the final funeral eulogy, declaring:
His voice was an omnipresent cry in our electronic world. His sharp features, majestic looks, and prancing style a vivid etching on the landscape of our minds. Our mystery man was never seen. He was an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the collective consciousness of the nation..i would extend that to the world, and when I say the world i mean truly global not just the ' West' , but from South America and Africa to the hights of the Himalayas his voice can be heard and all this expansion predating the Internet, truly remarkable.
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Today's mystery album was released May 1984, meanwhile it holds the distinction of being the second longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine. Combining its chart life on the Billboard 200 and the Top Pop Catalog Albums charts, today's mystery album has had a chart run of 992 non-consecutive weeks, surpassed only by The Dark Side of the Moon at 1574 weeks. As of December 27, 2014, it has spent a total of 342 nonconsecutive weeks on the Billboard album chart - the fourth longest run in history. It contains all ten of his Top 40 hit singles in the UK up to the time, plus three older songs "Stir It Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," and "Get Up, Stand Up," along with the closing song from his final album Uprising, "Redemption Song." Our mystery man enjoyed fewer chart hits in the United States, "Exodus," "Waiting in Vain," "Could You Be Loved" and "Buffalo Soldier" the only ones included on this collection.
Some may argue that the compilation shortchanges his groundbreaking early ska work or his status as a political commentator, but this isn't meant to be definitive, it's meant to be an introduction, sampling the very best of his work. And it does that remarkably well, offering all of his genre-defying greats and an illustration of his excellence, warmth, and humanity. In a way, it is perfect since it gives a doubter or casual fan anything they could want.
On the September 20, 2014 edition of The Billboard 200, sales surged by nearly 56,000 albums, bringing the new peak of the album to #5 on the chart (Primarily due to a Google Music Store America discount price of 99 cents). Currently, the album sells approximately 3,000 to 5,000 US copies per week. As of October 2014, the album has sold 11,660,000 copies in the US since 1991 when SoundScan started tracking album sales, making it the ninth best-selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan era. In the United Kingdom, it has been certified platinum six times, and is the 18th best-selling album in that country of all time. To date the album has sold 33,000,000 copies worldwide. In 2003, the album was ranked number 46 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. On February 12, 2002, the expanded 16-track edition with songs at album lengths were remastered, it can be had here....N'Joy
Goldy Rhox 194 (flac 468mb)
Goldy Rhox 194 (ogg 178mb)
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