Published Jan 04, 20127. George Harrison - Brainwashed
Artist death: November 29, 2001
Album release: November 18, 2002
The Beatles great released his final album during his lifetime way back in 1987 with Cloud Nine. The subsequent Brainwashed was unfinished when Harrison died, but he left instructions for its completion with his son Dhani and collaborator Jeff Lynne. George had spoken extensively with with son about his ideas for the album, and Dhani and Lynne strove to remain true to that vision. They even finished the recordings during studio sessions booked by George prior to his passing. Given the positive reviews and Grammy nods, we'd say they did a good job.
6. Jeff Buckley - Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
Artist death: May 29, 1997
Album release: May 28, 1998
The songwriting icon wasn't particularly close to finished his new album, slated to be titled My Sweetheart the Drunk, when he tragically drowned at the age of 30. He had expressed dissatisfaction with the studio recordings, and had cut a number of four-track demos in preparation for the new session. Rather than attempt to complete his unfinished work or approximate his vision, this collection of "sketches" brings together demos with more polished material. No, it's nothing like it would have been had Buckley been there to finish it, but that doesn't mean it's not a worthy addition to his legacy.
5. Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay
Artist death: December 10, 1967
Album release: February 23, 1968
Otis Redding recorded his most enduring song, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," just days before he died in a plane crash at the age of 26. He left behind enough unreleased material to make up several news LPs. This one included some older singles and B-sides, but it's that classic first track that earns it a place on list. Also be sure to check out posthumous releases The Immortal Otis Redding (1968), Love Man (1969) and Tell the Truth (1970).
4. Janis Joplin - Pearl
Artist death: October 4, 1970
Album release: January 11, 1971
When Janis Joplin died in 1970, she was partway done recording what would go on to become her third and final album. Pearl, which came out a few months later, was a smash hit that gave us unforgettable songs like "Me and Bobby Magee" and "Mercedes Benz." In retrospect, the whole thing is made even more poignant by the fact that extended versions of the album have included the birthday greeting she recorded for John Lennon; less than a decade later, John would also be taken away too soon (and also earn a place on this list).