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Good As I Been to You

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  • Bob Dylan: "Johnny Cash's voice was so big, it made the world grow small... When I first heard 'I Walk the Line' so many years earlier, it sounded like a voice calling out 'What are you doing there, boy?' I was trying to keep my eyes wide opened, too." Read more musical excerpts from Chronicles, Vol. 1 on our Music You Should Hear page.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Frankie & Albert
  2. Jim Jones
  3. Blackjack Davey
  4. Canadee-I-O
  5. Sittin' On Top Of The World
  6. Little Maggie
  7. Hard Times
  8. Step It Up And Go
  9. Tomorrow Night
  10. Arthur McBride
  11. You're Gonna Quit Me
  12. Diamond Joe
  13. Froggie Went A Courtin'

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000028VO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
One good thing about writing reviews is the fact that I am often compelled to pick up things I have ignored for a long time. When this album was released, I snatched it up, listened to it a few times, and proceeded to forget about it for some reason. Being less of a Dylan addict at the time, the fact that this album consisted basically of folk music accompanied by impeccable acoustic guitar did not strike me as very significant, and I was slightly disappointed that these songs were all covers. I was not used to this kind of Dylan music, and for that reason I believe this CD failed to captivate me at the time. Listening to it again now, I am amazed by this album's greatness. Acoustic guitar, harmonica, and Dylan's uniquely raspy vocal musings-that's really all Dylan ever needed, and Good As I Been To You is proof that what was true in the 1960s was just as true in the 1990s and will be true until Dylan's greatness is snatched away from this earth.
These songs are all mesmerizing, but Hard Times deserves special attention, as Dylan pours his heart and soul into the song. Arthur McBride is another incredible story-telling saga. Tomorrow Night particularly shows off Dylan's harmonica-playing, and the song's familiarity provides an opening for those seeking to appreciate this impressive album and proves once again that Dylan can in fact sing a love song with great feeling. Don't think that these tracks are all slow and somber anthems, though; a quick listen at Step It Up and Go will show you that Dylan can infuse tons of energy into folk music. Good As I Been To You is Dylan at his most natural, and one can only sit back and revel in the story-telling prowess of one of music's most influential and legendary performers.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. McNew on December 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I grew up on Dylan... in fact, Dylan is my middle name. I was very intimate with his songs from a very early age. When I bought this album in the early '90s, I was still in high school. At first, I remember thinking that his voice was gone. I didn't think I could listen to the entire album. I struggled through it and put it on a shelf.

From time to time, I forced myself to listen to it. I don't know exactly when the change took place... I suppose I grew up a bit, musically. Good As I Been To You started to take shape. The guitar... the harp... the voice. All of a sudden, it meant something entirely different. It made sense. It all came together.

Now, fourteen years later, I listen to this album at least once a week. I will not hesitate to say that this is a great album. But, for some reason, it needs to grow on you. It builds up to some subtle crescendo. Then, suddenly, it will hit you like a ton of bricks. Dylan knew exactly what he was doing. This is his re-entry into greatness after a few years astray.

The guitar picking is incredible. His voice couldn't be more appropriate for the content. If you need more proof, just look at what the (rare) vinyl form of this album can fetch. I recently acquired the LP, and it is the most expensive one in my collection! Those 'in the know' really know what this album is worth.

Give it a try... then try it again. Let the guitar flow through you for a while. Sing along. Go ahead and try. It's not that easy. You'll soom see why this IS one of Dylan's greatest albums. I say that as a hard-core Dylan fan, so don't take it lightly.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Justin Evans on October 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Good As I Been To You brings classic songs of hope, dispair, and humor from a master of the art of telling stories through songs. This is the first of two self produced cover albums of songs that Dylan created, the second being World Gone Wrong. Good As I Been To You is nothing short of a masterpiece.
I am too young to remember most of what Bob Dylan is famous for, but I do love his music and the things it stands for. I own only some of the "essential" Dylan, but I believe that in years to come, Good As I Been To You will become more essential at each turn. Go ahead, buy Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, but don't forget to listen when Mr. Dylan gives you another glimpse at the music that inspired him. Such is the music on Good As I Been To You.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bgandl on September 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Everybody wants to pigeonhole Bob. They've been doing it for 40 years. He's not gonna stand for any of that.

If this album was done by anyone else, it'd be his best. Just listen to the fingerpicking! The singing! So WHAT if he didn't write these songs! They are HIS--he made them that way! Yeah, it's not original material and it's not his "best," whatever that means, but that's like walking away from a sunrise muttering "Yeah, well, I remember that sunrise last year when there was a pink cloud blocking most of the sun and there were these beautiful rays that shot through and this one was only red and gold..." Sheesh.

After reading the critiques below: I didn't say it was his best...I said if this were anyone elses' album it'd be HIS best. Downgrading this album because he didn't write the songs is as absurd as giving one star to Leonard Bernstein for conducting Beethoven's 9th because, "after all, it isn't his own brilliant composition like West Side Story and Bernstein is such a great composer that the least he could do for me was write some original music," blah blah blah...
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