- Bob Dylan: "'Ruby, My Dear' by Monk was another one. Monk played at the Blue Note on 3rd Street...I dropped in there once in the afternoon, just to listen--told him that I played folk music up the street. 'We all play folk music,' he said." Read more musical excerpts from Chronicles, Vol. 1 on our Music You Should Hear page.
Good As I Been to You
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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.Read more ›
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.
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...
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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A back to basics album by Mr. Dylan. He is the only musician on the album, just guitar and harmonica. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Todd A. Inlow
Quality vinyl pressing of the 1992 Dylan release of Folk Song Covers. I'm waiting for MOV to do World Gone Wrong next!Published 8 months ago by comababy61
I was very well satisfied with the entire transaction. All waqs as promised. Will trade again if possible.Published 13 months ago by Harl
Dylan music speaks for itself the Amazon deals are what they are. lol.Published 14 months ago by john
I have been a Bob Dylan fan since Blowing in the Wind, but this album is lack luster.Published 16 months ago by Rooster Bales
There is absolutely nothing that Bob Dylan cannot do. His music is nothing like it and never will be!Published 16 months ago by Sharon LASKOWSKI