Wednesday Question: Worst Posthumous Album Ever

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Wednesday Question: Worst Posthumous Album Ever
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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?

THE RULES:

  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one record create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given effort to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same album, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.

We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    pressureproject
    Linkin Park - One More Light
    warmachinerox87
    Nice
    RaisingCain199
    I don't get it.....
    ScreamingMatch
    Jimi Hendrix - too many to single out just one, not bade material; just bad ethics. Whoring out his brand for quick cash grabs.
    DissonantTimbre
    same can be said of Tupac and Biggie.
    StarryEyes81
    100% to all 3. Especially for Hendrix, having read Room Full of Mirrors. The whole last fucking quarter of the book is just his family suing one another. I get it'd be a bit tricky...if one person is greedy, and wants everything, so you don't wanna just sign away all the money to them. But far out...if everyone was genuinely trying to be equal, and sort it out...it would have been sorted much sooner.
    starfire666
    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
    slapsymcdougal
    It's kind of like watching their Glastonbury performance where Lemmy starts singing the words for Ace of Spades while playing Overkill.
    Oh_My_Goth
    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.
    ukrainenprince
    Michael Jackson- XSCAPE
    Eifler121
    Love Never Felt So Good is one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs. The rest of the album's pretty good.
    LoseTheGenre
    No man, Michael is the bad one.
    Towelie1985
    This. Xscape may be overproduced, but "Michael" features songs not even sung by the artist. Woeful and completely pissing on MJs legacy. Unforgivable really.
    Intersting
    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.
    JustStayDown90
    Absolutely not, it's actually got a few great sounding songs! It's definitely better than the  Invincible album.
    Ristifer29
    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.
    N-D
    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!)
    zack2k
    I agree with Losethegenre, Michael is just shit compared to Xscape.
    Neolwyn
    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.
    Eifler121
    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.
    DissonantTimbre
    As a huge Springsteen fan Tracks contains some of his best work and they were all left off albums for not being "good enough"
    Zaphod_Beeblebr
    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.
    Krieger91
    The Doors - Full Circle. A thing that should never have been.
    milospf88
    An American Prayer is a posthumous album, Full Circle and Other Voices is not, because they continued working without Morrison for two more albums.
    Krieger91
    I thought full circle came out before an American Prayer
    milospf88
    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.
    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. 
    Denwylde
    I misread the question!! I just posted 2 best posthumous albums!! 
    lordy07837
    I did the exact same thing!
    SWIFTERS
    Midnight Lightning - Jimi Hendrix All the musicians who played on it had never met Hendrix!  [h][/h]
    davis_kiel
    Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Richard Wright)
    mcquacks5
    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 
    LoseTheGenre
    Michael Jackson -- Michael. Xscape was actually pretty damn good.
    JustStayDown90
    Beat me to it. Michael (2010) is pretty much unlistenable to me. Xscape however, pretty fucking good.
    StarryEyes81
    i have no clue why.....but i read your first sentence 'beat me to it'..as like 'omggg just beat me to it' like some crazy bdsm shit. hahahaha... far out i need to go to sleep.
    Towelie1985
    "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?
    Denwylde
    queen: made in heaven 
    GunsNRyche
    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.
    xsk3l3t0rx
    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. 
    dennis.1960
    I thought Made in Heaven was awful...especially after the fantastic "Innuendo"... 
    Pucky87
    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.
    RaisingCain199
    The next Stone Temple Pilots album, or the one with Chester Bennington, whatever you wanna consider posthumous.
    besnardmax
    Jeff Buckley - Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
    ToddRose39
    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.
    DanTheHobbit
    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.
    besnardmax
    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… 
    Intersting
    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.
    DanTheHobbit
    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.
    curiousjoe
    Frank Zappa - Civilization Phaze III
    jude.chavez.180
    Rebel meets rebel
    drgonzo1013
    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
    jude.chavez.180
    I agree with the guilty pleasures part. I don't think this album would have saw the light of day if dimebag lived
    PRSguitars87
    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?
    Iceman10129
    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!
    darrentheguit
    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
    Anjohl
    Dawn of the Black Hearts. Don't google the cover. Don't. It's horrific.
    DissonantTimbre
    It's a good live album for the genre even though the album cover is supreme edgelord. Live in Leipzig is better though.