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Good as I Been to You [Import]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan looks to the past to prepare for the future March 3 2003
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good As I Been to You Dec 11 2002
By Erin
Format:Audio CD
This album is an essay in folk music and in the way in which musical influence moved around the old British Empire. It also puts forward a view of what folk music is. The songs range from 'Froggie Went A-Courtin', a song that came down both black and white musical traditions in America but dates back in England to at least the 1500s, to 'Tomorrow Night', perhaps best known as an Elvis song. Indigenous white American ballads like 'Little Maggie' and 'Frankie and Albert' are put along side American versions of old English and English Travellers' songs like 'The Gypsy Laddie', recorded under the Ameican name 'Black Jack Davey.' Timeless acoustic blues songs like 'Sittin on Top of the World' and 'Step it Up and Go' are put next to the historically motivated Irish and Australian folk songs 'Arthur McBride' and 'Jim Jones'.
These are songs Dylan has been singing for a long time: there is a very Woody Guthrie inspired version of 'Black Jack Davey' that Dylan recorded under the title 'Gypsy Davey' in 1960 - 61. I don't know anyone, singer, performer, critic or scholar, who understands folk music as authentically or with as little prejudice as Bob Dylan, so I think its worth hearing what he has to say about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good as i been to you Feb. 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
i think we can all agree that this is not bob's most renowned work. but nonetheless, it is an album which deserves all forms of praise and appreciation because of it's many timeless aspects. the songs are clever and appealing, each with it's own memorable qualities. many say dylan is an acquired taste, well i believe this is the perfect album to become devoted to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dylan--Unaccompanied Feb. 8 2004
By Earl
Format:Audio CD
First: This is Dylan's first release featuring only acoustic guitar as vocal accompaniment (i.e. no band) since Side Two of "Bringing It All Back Home." Second: There are no original Dylan songs on "Good as I Been." Many of the tunes may be somewhat familiar, from "Frankie and Albert" and "Hard Times" to (the throwaway) "Froggie Went A-Courtin'." These two facts should either pique the interest of hardcore Dylan fans ("Hey! Dylan alone with his guitar again--Finally!") or achieve the opposite for those who can't get over his voice (admittedly, there IS a lot to get over on this record). Don't let the unoriginality of the tunes dissuade you--they (generally) are fine songs, and Bob's performances tend to be strong. If you have open ears and a taste for unpolished music, go for it. However, if you're looking for another "It's Alright, Ma" or "Desolation Row," this ain't it.
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