Wednesday Question: Worst Posthumous Album Ever

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Wednesday Question: Worst Posthumous Album Ever

For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks about all the posthumous studio releases out there and answer this little thing right here:

What is the worst posthumous album ever?


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    Linkin Park - One More Light
    I don't get it.....
    Motorhead - Clean Your Clock ... 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
    It's kind of like watching their Glastonbury performance where Lemmy starts singing the words for Ace of Spades while playing Overkill.
    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.
    Michael Jackson- XSCAPE
    Love Never Felt So Good is one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs. The rest of the album's pretty good.
    No man, Michael is the bad one.
    This. Xscape may be overproduced, but "Michael" features songs not even sung by the artist. Woeful and completely pissing on MJs legacy. Unforgivable really.
    I really liked Slave to the Rhythm (the original mix on the Deluxe edition, not the album version), but I also felt Xscape was better than Michael.
    I agree with Losethegenre, Michael is just shit compared to Xscape.
    Absolutely not, it's actually got a few great sounding songs! It's definitely better than the  Invincible album.
    I thought Xscape was pretty damn good. The title track, Slave To The Rhythm, Blue Gangsta, etc. I just stuck with the demo album, though. The cleaned up, more modern versions of the songs aren't really worth a damn for me.
    Actually "Xscape" is totally overproduced - deluxe edition of this album has a bonus CD with original versions of the songs (as they were recorded by Michael) - and all of them sound WAY BETTER than the versions on "Xscape" - original "Slave to the Rhythm" is a sooooo great track - you should find it!)
    The ones that contain all the songs the artist never wanted to release when he was alive, no matter what reasons. In my opinion, it's disrespectful and just a way for the record company to make some extra bucks. If you really want to listen to those, illegally downloading them is totally justifiable to me.
    I don't think it's disrespectful. Artists often aren't self aware when it comes to choosing their best material​. You see it happen when bands hate their biggest hit, or their biggest hit was a throwaway.
    As a huge Springsteen fan Tracks contains some of his best work and they were all left off albums for not being "good enough"
    Yeah but the difference there is that The Boss himself is still alive and decided that those tracks should go out to the public.  Not some shady record label exec looking for a quick cash grab.
    The Doors - Full Circle. A thing that should never have been.
    An American Prayer is a posthumous album, Full Circle and Other Voices is not, because they continued working without Morrison for two more albums.
    Flying Afros
    I actually wasn't even aware The Doors continued on into the 70's until a year or two ago, I saw they made more albums without Jim Morrison. 
    I thought full circle came out before an American Prayer
    Yes, both Other Voices and Full Circle had been released before An American Prayer but they were released while the Doors were still active as a band, in the lineup as a trio. An American Prayer was released after they disbanded completely.
    I misread the question!! I just posted 2 best posthumous albums!! 
    I did the exact same thing!
    Midnight Lightning - Jimi Hendrix All the musicians who played on it had never met Hendrix!  [h][/h]
    Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Richard Wright)
    I actually really liked that album. I got it on vinyl recently and it's ended up being one of the ones I spin the most 
    Michael Jackson -- Michael. Xscape was actually pretty damn good.
    "Michael" actually features three songs sung by an MJ impersonator. So basically, Sony Music, one of the biggest music labels in the world, put out an official release by one of its biggest artists, featuring songs that aren't even sung by him. Does it get any worse?
    queen: made in heaven 
    Made In Heaven has some awesome songs. And I liked how they "Queened" up some of his solo stuff. Freddie flat out said he didn't care what people did with his music. Just don't make him boring. That album was far from boring.
    i agree, made in heaven was pretty good. there were some weak moments, but what they did with such limited studio time (considering freddie's worsening condition) is remarkable. that album along with the miracle and innuendo truly show a band working together for the first team with the notion that it would be the last material they'd make together as a band. bittersweet. 
    George Harrison - Brainwashed I feel guilty for saying it, because I love a lot of his work, but it was a let down. Maybe it was the work put into finishing the album after he passed by others that took away from it.
    The next Stone Temple Pilots album, or the one with Chester Bennington, whatever you wanna consider posthumous.
    Jeff Buckley - Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
    That's one of my favorite posthumous releases, if not my very favorite! But everyone has their own opinions. For me, Everybody Here Wants You is one of his best songs he ever wrote. Nightmare by the Sea is really cool too.
    Sure, it has some duds and half-realized experimentation, but it's by no means an abomination or a stain on his legacy. If anything, the archive-clearing his poor mother has been doing is the bigger issue, but even that's debatable.
    Wow, much hate here, sorry guys Allow me to explain myself: I think Grace is one of the best records ever, I love it, every single note of it. And yes, I love Sketches too, it is touching and beautiful. But it is certainly not the vision Buckley had for his second album. The guy was a perfectionist, he would have (obviously) done things really differently from this. I think Sketches is an awesome gift to the fans - which I am - but it should never have been released so soon, and above all not sold as "Jeff Buckley' second album"… Do you see what I mean? I guess the "sketches" word talks for itself if you know the whole story behind the album, but if not, this collection of songs can give a wrong idea of who this genius was… 
    While I agree, Sketches is nowhere near the level of Grace, the question isn't which artist had a worse posthumous album, it's THE worst posthumous albums and Sketches would never make that list.
    Aye, I catch your drift. I just disagree that this ranks among the worst posthumous albums. Incomplete, yes, but as you said, the "sketches" title is apt.
    Frank Zappa - Civilization Phaze III
    Rebel meets rebel
    I actually really liked this album for what it is. I don't think the artists were trying to re-invent the wheel here. I consider this a kind of a fun guilty pleasure type of album
    I agree with the guilty pleasures part. I don't think this album would have saw the light of day if dimebag lived
    Forget voting on this. What is the point of people thinking about an artist who died and their worst album? This is just respectul on so many levels. Lets discuss who made the worst album right before they died! WHY?
    Bob Marley - I remember hearing an album from the 80's or 90's that had remixes of his songs that were atrocious.  If you know which one Im talking about, what was the name?  I nominate that one!
    Elvis' Greatest Shit by Elvis Presley. Although it was intentional, you still cannot highlight how correct they were at finding the absolute worst Elvis recordings
    Dawn of the Black Hearts. Don't google the cover. Don't. It's horrific.
    It's a good live album for the genre even though the album cover is supreme edgelord. Live in Leipzig is better though.