Dead, Ahead

Sullivan, James
December 2004
Macworld;Winter2005 Special Issue, Vol. 21 Issue 13, p86
This articles focuses on departed musicians whose works are re-released using digital technology, as of winter 2005. For one, artist Jeff Buckley released only one album, entitled Grace, during his brief life, but such has allegedly not halted a parade of posthumous material. Since his death in 1997, fans have been inundated with live releases and early demo collections to the two-disc work in progress, entitled Sketches (for My Sweetheart the Drunk). Ten years after the album's first release, Sony has repackaged it as an expanded three-disc Legacy Edition, including a disc of rarities and a DVD. Rappers Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B. I. G. have also released music since their mysterious murders in the mid-1990s. On his debut album, Ready to Die, Biggie was already having premonitions, while his two full-length posthumous releases have the apt titles Life after Death and Born Again. On the other hand, Tupac underwent his own album, called Resurrection, appearing with some of his present-day admirers on the documentary soundtrack by such a name. Meanwhile, just weeks before he died in September 2003, country legend Johnny Cash recorded a reported 50 songs-spirituals, covers and other favorites.


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