by Jodee Brown
The official soundtrack for Marley, the first authorized documentary on the life and work of Reggae icon, Bob Marley has scored another major accolade for the late singer as it recently topped the U.S. Billboard Reggae charts.
The Marley soundtrack topped the Billboard Reggae chart last week following its official release on April 16, four days prior to the film’s North American premiere. The 24 track, two-disc set features many of Marley’s songs that play throughout the film as well as never before heard recording from the Reggae superstar.
The Island Records/Tuff Gong produced album features Marley’s first ever recording entitled, Judge Not which was produced by Leslie Kong in 1962. The soundtrack also features live performances of classic songs such as No Woman, No Cry, Trenchtown Rock and I Shot The Sheriffas well as singles while a member of The Wailers (including Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh) like Get Up, Stand Up andHigh Tide or Low Tide.
The Marley soundtrack also features on three other Billboard charts, debuting at number 122 on the Billboard 200 album chart; number 20 on the R&B Hip Hop album chart; and number eight on the Soundtrack albums chart. Additionally, the compilation copped second spot on the iTunes charts in the United States as well as fourth position in Canada.
This achievement marks the 13th time a Marley album or compilation has topped the Billboard Reggae album chart. Marley is known for legendary album such as Exodus, Catch a Fire and Legend, which remains the top selling Reggae album of all time with over 25 million copies sold worldwide.