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  • Distinct Dylan Disk
    Four stars. A distinct Dylan effort, very different from most of his other stuff. If you like simple Dylan, guitar and maybe some harmonica, then you'll like this CD. It would be nicer if it had lyrics or more information in the CD sleeve. It has almost nothing. All the songs are not his, but are older folk and blues. Canadee-i-o, Arthur McBride, and Jim Jones are worth the price of the CD. But also Hard Times. You will like this CD if you like Dylan and folk....more info
  • DYLANS VOICE BOX EXERCISE
    You gotta step it up and go, man! Thats what Dylan is shouting in the track that boasts the same name. In 1992 when Dylan recorded this acoustic disc of folk covers, his mainstream popularity had long faded. Dylan was no longer interested in doing what record execs were asking him to do, which was a good idea, because in the past ten years he had put out far too many flops and hardly any faves.
    This album isn't perfect by any stretch, and was the first album, since his first, that was basically dominated by folk songs that he didn't write. Still, this is a crucial album in Dylan catalouge, especially for 1992, when Dylan needed to prove that he could still make an album with himself, his acoustic rig, and his mouth harp, and spare his listeners the mess of studio bunk that had been smeared all over his eighties records . And he does a pretty damned good job on it.
    To me it's like he's working out his vocal chords for some of the stellar albums that would follow. His cover of FRANKIE&ALBERT sounds a little bit forced. Dylan just couldn't do that same raspy voice he did in the sixties anymore, he's searching for a new style here. Check out BLACKJACK DAVEY, he seems to have found a cool new chord in his throat to work out. There are some fun tunes on here, STEP IT UP AND GO, some sad tunes, TOMMOROW NIGHT, The title track.. and some somewhat silly tracks that I still like, like FROGGIE WENT COURTIN.
    Dylan fanatics should def check it out. And listen to his guitar pickin abilities while your at it. He really can play that thing....more info
  • Bob Dylan has been good to us all.
    This is an amazingly intimate album. I do not have enough space to talk about it properly so i will just say this. BUY THIS ALBUM! You will love it....more info
  • traditional blues from a master
    The first time I heard this CD, I thought it was an OLD blues tape. I was surprised to find out it was Bob Dylan. I immediately went out and bought it, and it is one of my favorite trad blues disks! I can listen to "Blackjack Davey" over and over all day long....more info
  • Truth in packaging
    Bob Dylan alone with his guitar, harmonica, and a batch of moldy folk songs. Could have been good except that his voice is beginning to sound a lot like Jerry Lewis in "The Nutty Professor." Can't complain about that cover, though. Finally, an example of truth in packaging: the haircut on the cover photo is every bit as good as the music inside....more info
  • The best of Bob - seductive,sly humour and deep feeling
    This isn't really a record you analyse. You either love its deceptively homespun raspiness or you don't get it. For me each of these songs is about finding humour and beauty in hard times - dire poverty (Hard Times), lost love (You're Gonna Quit Me, Sittin on Top of The World) conflict (Arthur McBride, Diamond Joe). Even the nursery song ends with a lily-white duck gobbling up the froggy who went a courtin. The songs all tell stories - in the nature of folk songs I guess - but I much prefer Bob in this mode than as Master Pontificator. The stories in Good As I Been to You are born of long experience, all the more powerful for not being his own personal experience. As he said in Desire's 'Black Diamond Bay', "Seem like every time you turn around, there's another hard luck story that you're gonna hear." These are worth hearing....more info
  • dylan unplugged
    I started with Bob's music when he was at its most rocking : 'Highway 61 revisted' and 'Blonde on Blonde'and have loved them over the years.This album is tender,poignant and a great counterpoint.I never really rated Bob's playing much as it was usually buried somewhere behind Al Kooper or Robbie Robertson.But on this album it's just Bob and his acoustic guitar.His voice is a perfect match for the old folkies of songs and he gives them a depth and resonance that comes from an obvious love and understanding of them.My favourites come early : Jim Jones and Canadee-i-oo,and you get the sense of restlessness and wistfulness that's a part Bob's immigrant background.Buy and and be mellow (and then put on Absolutely Sweet Marie from Blonde on Blonde to come round)....more info
  • Bob goes back to his folk roots
    I got round to listening to this album after Frank Black sardonically called it the best album of the last 15 years in a special edition of Q a few years back (he also added that he was currently listening to Self-Portrait). This is an undistinguished, but enjoyable collection of stripped-down folk standards, recorded during a time when Dylan's creative muse had more or less deserted him. As such, its best not to come to this album with high expectations. Its not that there's anything wrong with it, its just that this is Bob Dylan, and one expects a bit more than Bob going through the motions, even if he is doing so quite competently. Nonetheless there may be some justice in seeing this album as a prelude to his return to form with Time Out of Mind and Love and Theft, going back to his roots to get some inspiration. So its certainly worth a look if you're a Dylanologist. For the casual listener, to pick this album up instead of one of Bob's more celebrated albums would be, at the very least, perverse....more info
  • The Man Behind the Shades
    I bought this CD when it came out, and it is the single biggest reason that I started playing the guitar. This recording is Dylan's most inimate since "Free-wheeling" and his most passionate since "Blood on the Tracks." If you haven't listened to Bob since the seventies you will be somewhat shocked by his voice, but if you've stayed with him all along you'll be just fine. It's the first time he really bared himself in years, both by playing solo and by being vocally expressive. The recording quality is great too. Buy it, and maybe you'll be buying a guitar next....more info
  • Inspiration for my New[...]
    Trying to debate whether the 1992-1993 Bob Dylan albums are worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as his classic 60's and 70's records just seems like a pointless exercise. You have to look at them through the prism of his life as a whole. These songs were arranged both musically and vocally in such a way where you hear the world-weariness in the voice, guitar and harmonica. This is at a time when Dylan was emerging from a creative slump for a short period (as are all his creative slumps). These albums seem to me to be a road map to reclaiming the title of "great artist" that we all know he is. I know Dylan dislikes labels but even he can't argue with that one, he sure acts like he has an ego during his shows, which he richly deserves. (I guess I've ruined my chances of ever opening for him! Hah!!)

    If you would like to understand why I love these two albums so much, let my new piece, Rheta's Song, help you understand.

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  • Mesmerizing!!
    This man can work an acoustic guitar... And though it times his voice growls like a buzzhaw or honks like a goose, I don't think I would change a note of it. This is a fine work by an American treasure - a fitting tribute by a master to the American folk legacy. If there is any album you own by Dylan, this should be the one...

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  • Dylan sounding like a man refreshed
    I like this album (and the follow on 'World gone Wrong') considerably because I am a lover of old country blues songs and have also been a fan of Dylan's music since my pre-teens. Chances are I wouldn't have thought much of this album back when it was released but now I feel I'm finally catching on to Dylan's consistent musical vision. I realise the guitar work is not altogether stellar, but it's alright and I still love to hear Son House in his 60's (after a stroke), all buzzing notes and slurring speech anyway. Who is there now who can play and sing that way? As I've grown older, I find myself loving the raw, early blues-infused folk of Dylan's youth and have learnt from the very interesting 'Chronicles' that Woody Guthrie was not the only seminal influence to this man's career. Discovering Robert Johnson was also a revelation for the young accolyte. I feel that I'm finally beginning to catch up. Remedial Listening to Son House, Skip James, Fred McDowell and John Hurt help to place some of Dylan's earlier acoustic blues in the same context - even in the same company as those early masters. Different yes, but I believe he has managed to tap the same source and produce an original, raw and primal blues unmatched by any other singer without African heritage that I ever heard. His version of R.Johnson's 'Kindhearted Woman Blues' on the 'Gaslight Sessions' is a good example. Like-wise 'Worried Blues' from the awesome 'Bootleg series Vol.1'. Check out 'Little Maggie' and 'Step it up & Go' on this album or 'Blood in my Eye' on 'World gone Wrong'. The thing about Dylan is that he is not restricted to one style of music, let alone one flavour of the blues but for me, this is the place where it all takes shape. Bob Dylan as performer and musician is a complex mix. How can you focus on the voice without the unique phrasing he managed to develop, or the lyrics as something separate from the music? Or to look at his songs without an appreciation of the hours spent immersing himself in early American history, just to get the raw material together. How could the critics (& many fans) have just dismissed him for all those years? Without appreciating what fine work he has produced and maybe just waiting before passing judgement in case they might have missed something? Enjoy this in it's entirety as a paean to the great country blues and folk singers of the past. It's food for the soul which I believe will find a growing and appreciative audience as the years go by....more info
  • TIMELESS
    This is a beautifully rendered collection of traditional folk and blues tracks, reminding us that Dylan is as great an interpreter as he is an innovator....more info
  • Good - but from Dylan "could do better"
    It's perhaps not so strange that critics have taken the heat off Dylan - he's past knocking. But I would expect those who shell out for their CD's to be a little more honest. This is a better-than-recent release - good close-up mic, a collection of "standards", a go-for-it attitude from the man himself, and yes, by the standard set by recent releases from Bob, this is a refreshing return to a more rootsy Dylan. But it's not THAT good. Remembering the towering achievements of this spokesperson and craftsman puts this offering in a lower category than the 5 stars I see littered about this site. I love Dylan - his music, his resilience - his delivery of Arthur McBride - and I know he has more than this to offer. If you buy it, you are buying authentic Dylan for sure. It's just not his best....more info
  • A staple CD for your collection.
    Disregard the previous review. This is good, ol'fashion blues. Dylan playing his favorite blues on the acoustic is very enjoyable. Read the professional reviews, they verbalize the value of this CD better than the rest of us....more info
  • Critics Everywhere, But Only 1 Dylan
    This is an excellant example of Bob Dylan performing classics. Yes, he is older and sounds it, but the fact that some listeners and reviewers may decide they dislike Dylans voice is fine. The essential point is, that voice and all the messages and melodies are going to long outlive the myraid of critics. This is classic stuff....more info
  • Terrific Reminiscence

    This goes back to before bobby d. was known outside the village. Mostly traditional folk songs.

    Strangely, it's mastered louder than most; and when I first got it I had a problem with the mix -- until I realized that it's his "guitar album". Though the songs have lyrics, the focus is his guitar playing; and from that one realizes he's a much better guitar player than some have said.

    It's also lots of fun. Try "Step it Up and Go"! I give this five stars because it earns it. And yet I prefer "World Gone Wrong".

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  • mr. dylan's revolution
    mr. dylan again reinvents himself and again stirs a revolution. all right, so it's not newport and, no, not as many people were paying attention in 1992 when this album hit the stands, but it sent shockwaves through the musical world. bob dylan had gone back acoustic! this collection of folk songs and blues is powerful from start to finish, with mr. dylan reminding the world that he is an incredible musician, not just an icon. his guitar work is impeccable and his singing as eccentric as ever, but moving in its emotionalism. you feel the plight of the ballads' characters (highlights: frankie and albert, blackjack davey, and the chestnut, froggie went a-courtin'). the blues sound like they are right from the delta (check out "sitting on top of the world," in particular). mr. dylan's return to his roots reveal they are deep and healthy. enjoy the record!...more info
  • Great Drinking Album!
    Break down and burn your fence for this one. It is worth the fumes. I was living in a place in Tucson for this release and we burnt the whole fence down!...more info
  • So Great - So Beautiful
    Dylan reminds the world that he is one of the all time great blues guitarists, and needless to say, the greatest singer to ever be recorded. His voice is like smoke & gravel here - this is pure musical & emotional honesty. The arrangements - culled from dozens of sources - are all brilliant & perfect. Be sure to pick up the even better companion piece "World Gone Wrong". This is music on par with Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie & the jazz greats. ...more info
  • For Dedicated Fan
    For those of you who love early acoustic dylan this cd's for you!
    I favor most anything the man dishes out, but this cd was really surprising. The sound quality is amazing and his guitar seems to clean for reality. Although his voice has purhaps begun it's way down hill, I think the songs on this cd really make it worth buying. I rate it as my 3rd favorite out of all dylan's. It's just his guitar, harp, and voice: I absolutely recommend Good As I Been To You to any and all Dylan Fans. cheers...more info
  • A surprising record that always remains fresh...
    I remember the posters that hung in the record shops when this came out...it seemed Dylan had picked the ugliest possible shot of himself; it was only after playing it that I realized it was just his way of saying, "This is me and who I am...take it or leave it."
    I play this record all the time (the only real stinker is his version of Howlin' Wolf's "Sittin' on Top of the World" - he should have known that there was nothing new anybody could ever bring to that song), and the highlights are "Arthur McBride", "Jim Jones" and "Canadee I-O" with Jim Jones being one of his best cuts ever. The variety in Dylan's singing and the genuine joy and unforced emotion he brings to these songs marked this album as the turning point into this last great stage of his career. It would seem that with this and the followup "World Gone Wrong" (which is much darker and more painful in its beauty) he reached down and re-discovered what it was we all loved about the guy in the first place....more info
  • When You Love Somebody
    I only wanted to write a review because I read few that were kind of tepid, and in my version of the world Bob Dylan records are either noble failures or the best records ever made, they all get 5 stars in my view. This view strains rationality but it's how I feel, and he has certainly been industrious in supporting it all these years.

    He works hard and a large group of us appreciate it, but the truth is I never listen to any of the records made before this one, but I listen to this one a lot and always like it. Actually, I listen to everything after this one frequently, as if they just came out. I think this was the start of Dylan's new life, an oddly parallel second life beginning with great versions of songs from very different folk sources....more info
  • A master folk and blues singer returns home...
    After the incredibly crappy Under the Red Sky, Dylan went back to his roots and released 2 albums of old folk and blues songs, this being the first one. Many critics laughed it off at the time. It was 1993, and critics were jumping on the grunge bandwagon. They should have been listening to this album, which has a ton more depth and substance than most grunge bands combined (except for Kurt Cobain/Nirvana, who was a real artist). Dylan is really at home here, taking you on an epic journey (the album, like most of Dylan's best work, runs nearly an hour). The opener, Frankie and Albert, is one of those great story folk songs. I love the cover of Sittin' on Top of the World, an old blues standard that was covered on Cream's Wheels on Fire. Dylan's version is far superior to the Cream one. The song Tomorrow Night is a wonderful ballad, with an achingly sad Dylan vocal and a wonderful harmonica solo. You Gonna Quit Me is a great telling of a classic blues song, but my favorite has to be the closer, the epic Froggie Went a Courtin'. I remember hearing this song on a Tom and Jerry cartoon (seriously!) of all places. Dylan does the whole song (6 1/2 minutes or so), and it's funny, moving, tender, and silly all at the same time. It's a great cover version, and I don't think I'll ever hear another version as good as this one. The follow up blues/folk/acoustic album, World Gone Wrong, is even better than this one, but this one is magnificent on its own. It's vastly superior to the previous album (Under the Red Sky). I'm glad Dylan took a break and didn't force himself to write another mediocre album like Red Sky. This is a superb addition to the Dylan universe......more info
  • Good as I been to you
    I love this! When I listen to these songs - I feel like I am being sucked into the stories of all of the songs! I love this!
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