Friday Top: 8 Worst Posthumous Albums Ever

As voted by UG community.

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Friday Top: 8 Worst Posthumous Albums Ever

This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of worst posthumous albums ever released.

Based on your votes and nominations, we rounded up the Top 8, you can check it out below.

8. John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Milk and Honey (1984)

Released four years after John Lennon was murdered, "Milk and Honey" features recordings made in the last months of John's life. It was met with mixed reviews.

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7. Elvis Presley - Christmas Duets (2008)

Unveiled in 2008, "Christmas Duets" features archive footage of the King's vocals mixed up with with fully re-recorded instrumental parts and new vocals by contemporary country and gospel vocalists.

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6. Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash Remixed (2009)

Released in 2009, this one is a tribute record to late Mr. Cash, featuring remixes of his staple tunes by a variety of artists. In the words of LoseTheGenre, "Fuck that album." 

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5. The Doors - Full Circle (1972)

You folks insist The Doors died with Jim Morrison, hence it's "Full Circle" - their second album without Jim - at No. 5.

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4. Motörhead - Clean Your Clock (2016)

Featuring Lemmy's last pro-shot, live shows, "Clean Your Clock" was released last June.

starfire666 noted: "I mean, it is kinda cool to see the last time Lemmy was on stage but it is also super sad to watch the man in the condition he was in at the time."

Oh_My_Goth replied: "I don't know. Of course it's not a very good album - but as a posthumous monument of what Lemmy stood for, it's perfect. It's the downright proof of his neverending love and passion for his music. He stood up there til the very last second and in this sense, to me, the album is the pure essence of Lemmy and his lifestyle."

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3. Kurt Cobain - Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings (2015)

Released in 2015, this one is a compilation of Kurt Cobain's home recordings.

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2. Michael Jackson - Xscape (2014)

The silver medal goes to Michael Jackson's second posthumous album, 2014's "Xscape."

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1. All 12 posthumous albums by Jimi Hendrix

During his lifetime, Jimi Hendrix released three albums with the Jimi Henrdix Experience and one live record with the Band of Gypsies. After Jimi's death, 12 posthumous records were released under his name.

As ScreamingMatch noted: "Not bad material; just bad ethics. Whoring out his brand for quick cash grabs."

The albums in question are:

The Cry of Love (1971)
Rainbow Bridge (1971)
War Heroes (1972)
Loose Ends (1974)
Crash Landing (1975)
Midnight Lightning (1975)
Nine to the Universe (1980)
Radio One (1988)
First Rays of the New Rising Sun (1997)
South Saturn Delta (1997)
Valleys of Neptune (2010)
People, Hell and Angels (2013)

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    A lot of this stuff was probably not intended to be released by the artists because they knew it wasn't release-worthy.
    Disagree with Jimi's list.  Ya, the '71 to '80 albums were horrible messes with studio musicians adding parts to Jimi's demos and only released to cash in and keep his name alive...but...I have "Radio One", "Blues" (not listed) and "People, Hell and Angels" and love all three.  AFAIK, these are all recordings of Jimi with whatever collection of guys he was playing with at the time and not pasted together from rejected outtakes like the '71 to '80 albums were.  "People, Hell and Angels" is cool because it was post Electric Ladyland recordings intended for his next album (with Buddy & Bobby) so is not another "put together" mess like the '71 to '80 albums. "Radio One" is especially cool as it's The Experience recording for the BBC Radio One broadcasts in 1967 and should not be categorized with these other albums.  If nothing else, that one is worth hearing for anyone put off by his posthumous albums  
    Hmm, I'll listen to People then. Thanks for the assurance!
    I think you'll be glad you did!  Radio One is also fantastic with live in the studio recordings of some fantastic songs from their '67 live shows, rarely played tracks and a ripping cover of the Beatles Day Tripper  
    with all of the posthumous Jimi Hendrix records, I'm surprised that Black Gold hasn't been released in some form or fashion, whether in part or in whole
    This was a pretty bad question, honestly. It kind of seemed like it was in the wake of Chris Cornell's death, anticipating poor posthumous Soundgarden material or something. And then, most posthumous releases were never meant to be released so they don't really represent the artist.
    I haven't heard any of Hendrix's posthumous albums yet, despite having heard his actual three albums dozens of times, because it was definitely a cash grab and I don't want to hear stuff he didn't finish and put out himself because as I read one of his friends say (can't remember which), people think that just because it's Jimi, it's good, but he knew that wasn't the case and only released songs he was fully satisfied with.
    Not entirely true.  Towards the end of his life, Jimi was in the studio all the time - at least a couple hours a week, and for some stretches a couple hours a night.  The stuff didn't get shelved because he thought it was bad - it got shelved because putting together an album(well, anyway) takes a really long time, and that was time he'd rather spend writing and recording more songs. Dolly Dagger was good enough to be a regular in his live setlist, but never made it onto a studio album until his passing, despite having recorded a full studio version.  Same with Freedom, Ezy Rider, and Hear My Train A Comin', which had multiple demos, but no final version.
    that goes to pretty much any compilation of unreleased material, they search for any demo, any snippet of a song that should have never been, and then release an albums of little ideas from a cassette tape someone found in a trash. its not only a cashgrab, its also disrespectful to the artist
    I found Kurt's Montage of Heck so disrespectful!!! Those were home recordings from him!! they were personal
    Maybe not release worthy, but kind of interesting if you are interested in a view into their creative process.  Can be inspiring to some.
    I thoguht this was to be studio releases only...  otherwise I would have quickly included Sid Sings, from Sid Vicious.
    fuck that shit with the posthumous albums. Some of them aren't even played by the artist himself, like in Hendrix' case. I don't believe these are some lost tapes that just happen to show up in such intervals as if the artist is still alive and writing music actively. Watch closely .. every 3-5 to 8-10 years between the albums. This is the average time it takes to write/record album and do a tour by a band. + the clarity of tone is so much better so it can't be recorded in the 1960s. Like WTF his actual albums have crappy production and tone, but all of the sudden a DEMO which is supposedly recorded in the 60s as well but "found" 30 years later has a modern tone and recorded with perfect clarity ?
    Agreed with everything but the top two.  Xscape is just fine - it's just not Thriller.  Then again, neither was Dangerous or HIStory. As Dennis mentioned, many of the more recent Hendrix records actually have good unreleased songs on them.  I have First Rays of the New Rising Sun, and it's got a few excellent new tracks, not to mention studio versions of tunes previously only available on live recordings.  However, those "albums" are mostly about 30-40% new or rare material, and the remainder is re-released tracks. If you take all the records from Radio One on, and just use the tracks that never made it onto Jimi's official releases, you'd have enough material for one really incredible album that was as good as anything he did while alive, and 1-2 more albums that were at least good enough to be worth paying for.
    Jeff Buckley's "Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk" is also worth mentionning.
    Ow shit I read kind of too fast the title and mistook this : Jeff Buckley's album is, in my opinion, one of the best, not worst, posthumous album. Sleep deprivation, you got me again on this one...
    I really don't agree with Xscape at all and don't understand why it received so many upvotes.
    I do like some of the Hendrix stuff... nothing but guitar jamming on some of those CDs.
    Jimi really? ok the Douglas era albums are mostly crap with rerecorded stuff thrown together. the more recent stuff like First Rays Of The New Rising Son feature some of Hendrix's best material. Dolly Dagger, In From The Storm, Freedom and Ezy Ryder are far from crap and among his best songs.  Radio One is all material that was recorded and aired on BBC Radio so again not sure why that would be considered crap. poor research on this 
    "Everything released the past decade in popular music is posthumous. It sounds like a dog turd squeezed out and you record the fucking dripping of it." - Gallagher