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Goldmine's top picks of 2005

Goldmine contributor and radio host Bob Putignano shares his list of top music, DVDs and books of 2005.

Best CD Releases for 2005

1) John Scofield — That’s What I Say (Verve)

2) Sista Monica Parker — Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down (

3) Tommy Castro — Soul Shaker (Blind Pig)

4) Delbert McClinton — Cost Of Living (New West)

5) Ronnie Earl & Duke Robillard — The Duke Meets The Earl (Stony Plain)

6) Poncho Sanchez — Do It! (Concord)

7) Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews — Orleans & Claiborne (Treme Records)

8) Barbara Morrison — Live At The Dakota (

9) Marcia Ball — Live, Down The Road! (Alligator)

10) Gil Parris — Live At The Next Door Cafe (


Aretha Franklin & King Curtis — Live At The Fillmore West: Don’t Fight the Feeling (Rhino)

Johnny “Guitar” Watson — The Funk Anthology (Shout Factory)

The Jazz Crusaders — Pacific Jazz Studio Sessions (Mosaic)


Make It Funky (

Chicago Blues Reunion — Buried Alive In The Blues ( DVD/CD

It’s about time someone released this!

The Jerry Garcia Collection, Volume 1: The Legion Of Mary Band with Garcia, Merl Saunders, Martin Fierro, John Kahn, and Ron Tutt (Rhino)


The Triumph Of Sam Cooke — Dream Boogie by Peter Guralnick (Little, Brown And Company)

Searching For The Sound: My Life With The Grateful Dead by Phil Lesh (Little, Brown And Company)