The Best Albums of 2005

This page last updated on December 15, 2005.


The Top Albums of 2005

1) Neil Young - Prairie Wind

2) The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang

3) Cowboy Junkies - Early 21st Century Blues

4) Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs

5) Beck - Guero

6) Robert Plant - Mighty Rearranger

7) Van Morrison - Magic Time

8) John Doe - Forever Hasn't Happened Yet

9) Rodney Crowell - The Outsider

10) Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cold Roses


Significant Box Sets, Reissues, Live Albums, and other Specialty Packages

1) Grateful Dead - Fillmore West 1969

2) Miles Davis - The Cellar Door Sessions 1970

3) Bob Dylan - No Direction Home: The Soundtrack - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7

4) Grateful Dead - The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack

5) Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks, Volume 34

6) Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks, Volume 36

7) Grateful Dead - Truckin' Up to Buffalo

8) Janis Joplin - Pearl: Legacy Edition

9) Donovan - Try for the Sun: The Journey of Donovan

10) Peter Gabriel - Play: The Videos


Notable Enhanced Audio Releases

With the advent of DVD-Audio, SACD, and DualDisc technology, music
making both past and present has taken on a whole new dimension.
Classic efforts are being re-mixed and newer outings are being recorded
from an entirely different perspective. These are some of the most notable
reissues and releases of 2005.

Jackson Browne - Running on Empty [DVD-Audio]

R.E.M. - Green [DVD-Audio]

R.E.M. - Out of Time [DVD-Audio]

R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi [DVD-Audio]

Nina Simone - The Soul of Nina Simone [DualDisc]

Bill Withers - Just As I Am [DualDisc]


The Best of the Rest

These releases may not be the cream of the crop for 2005, but each
is remarkable in its own right be they intriguing debuts,
welcome returns, fond farewells, brilliant tributes, stunning leaps
forward, or just good efforts from consistently creative artists.

The Blue Van - The Art of Rolling

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Solomon Burke - Make Do with What You Got

Ray Charles - The Dick Cavett Show: Ray Charles Collection

Johnny Cash - The Complete Sun Recordings: 1955-1958

Johnny Cash - The Legend of Johnny Cash

Chicago - Chicago IV: At Carnegie Hall, Volumes I, II, III, and IV

Eric Clapton - Back Home

Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight: Legacy Edition

Del McCoury Band - The Company We Keep

Dexter Gordon Quartet - Manhattan Symphonie

Francis Dunnery - The Gulley Flats Boys

Eagles - Farewell I Tour: Live from Melbourne

Jerry Garcia - Garcia Plays Dylan

Jerry Garcia - The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 1: Legion of Mary

Eliza Gilkyson - Paradise Hotel

Jose Gonzalez - Veneer

Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks. Volume 35

David Gray - Life in Slow Motion

Chris Hillman - The Other Side

Jerry Garcia Band - Pure Jerry, Volume 5: Merriweather Post Pavilion, September 1-2, 1989

Jerry Garcia Band - Pure Jerry, Volume 6: Warner Theatre - March 18, 1978

Jerry Garcia Band - Live at Shoreline

Robert Earl Keen - What I Really Mean

Amos Lee - Amos Lee

Phil Lesh - Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead

The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers

Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible: 10th Anniversary Edition

James McMurtry - Childish Things

Morrissey - Live at Earls Court

My Morning Jacket - Z

Nickel Creek - Why Should the Fire Die?

Brad Paisley - Time Well Wasted

Graham Parker - Songs of No Consequence

Phish - New Year's Eve 1995: Live at Madison Square Garden

John Prine - Fair & Square

Public Enemy - Power to the People and the Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits

Bonnie Raitt - Souls Alike

Jon Randall - Walking among the Living

The Robert Cray Band - Twenty

Marty Stuart - Souls' Chapel

Alexis P. Suter - Shuga Fix

Otis Taylor - Below the Fold

Various Artists - For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records

Various Artists - I Believe to My Soul

Various Artists - Jamie Oldaker's Mad Dogs & Okies

Various Artists - The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons

Waco Brothers - Freedom and Weep

The Wallflowers - Rebel, Sweetheart

The Who - Tommy and Quadrophenia Live with Special Guests

Dar Williams - My Better Self

Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE [DVD]

Winterpills - Winterpills

Adrienne Young & Little Sadie - The Art of Virtue


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