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Bob Dylan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts
  • ASIN: B0012GMX56
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As He Has Been To Us 18 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album blows me away. Best Dylan ever? Very arguably so. It's straight-up, no frills, pure folk, with just Dylan, his guitar, and sometimes harmonica. For those who like their folk synth-free and natural, for those who like their Dylan unplugged and going for it, this one is a GEM. The more you listen to it, the better it gets, too!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under rated hidden gem 18 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Dylan album that I bought when it was released. Till then I has been playing catch up. Waiting for it with bated breath I was sooo disappointed when I discovered it was an album of cover versions. Released during a period of supposed writer's block I didn't hold out much hope. What I found was a gem. Dylan playing songs he loves and nothing else. Great versions of "Jim Jones" "Arthur McBride" "Canadee IO" and "Hard Times" illustrating how effective Dylan's harrassed voice can be when he want's it to be. Great sounding acoustic guitar, great harmonica solos and a great lesson, to the beginner in tradional tunes that if investigated opens up a ocean of talent that nudged and cajoled the master song smith Dylan into the master craftsman of a song writer that he is today. Everyone should behold this album as a thing of beauty. God bless the products of writers block.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough but great! 13 April 2007
By JP
Format:Audio CD
My first reaction on listening to this was `what have we got here?'. There is some rough singing and some rough guitar playing, albeit both highly skilled. Even Bob Dylan's photo on the front cover looks rough! These are a collection of folk and blues songs from another era. Most are not familiar to me, except `Tomorrow Night' which was recorded by the fine singer-guitarist Lonnie Johnson. Many of the songs are story telling (a style repeated on the equally good follow up `World Gone Wrong'). These songs sound like they could have been recorded in one of those old drinking taverns way back then. When Bob Dylan sings of hard times they sound hard! It is a very enjoyable listen which improves with each playing. The lyrics missing from the CD can be obtained from websites. Don't be put off by the absent fifth star, my four stars are equivalent to others five stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Dylan's 28th studio album, released in 1992, is not one that I return to often. The first of two albums where he went back to his roots and recorded old folk and blues tunes, often with a very child like feel, this has the feel of a contractual obligation album. There are no original songs, and Dylan's interpretations of the covers is not only not particularly interesting, but due to the unsympathetic production values, they verge on the painful. His voice is a ravaged croak, and whereas in later albums he learned to use this to an advantage, managing to deliver depth and emotion, here it just sounds like a man in pain.

Not a good album, and the one I consider to Be Dylan's worst, even worse than Empire Burlesque. 1 star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good As I Been To You: Bob Dylan 24 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that the majority of my Bob Dylan collection consists of his earlier work covering the first twenty years of his career and some of the Bootleg Volumes that have been released. I was initially put off his more contemporary work as I felt his vocals lacked the inimitable style that had characterised his earlier output. However, recently I have started to explore some of his albums from the 90s a period of his that I was not totally familiar with. I must admit that `Good As I Been To You' was not one of my first choices, in part because the tracks were not original Dylan compositions. However, when I discovered that it was his first solo acoustic album since Another Side Of Bob Dylan in 1964 I decided it might offer more than I had originally thought. I am really pleased I bought this album, its a beautiful mix of traditional folk songs supplemented by Dylan's unique vocals plus his acoustic guitar and harmonica playing; all the ingredients needed for a really good distinctive album. Of the tracks themselves it would be hard to pick out some as better than the rest as they all have first-rate qualities. The slow thoughtful pace of Tomorrow Night and Arthur McBride (tracks 9 & 10) are complemented by the fast paced Step It Up And Go (track 8) and the jaunty Froggie Went A Courtin (track 13) creating an album to be listened to and enjoyed again and again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars exellent
Nice and relaxed nothing too dramatic always loved Bob Dylan and a few new additons here to just relax to !
Published 2 months ago by Mavee
4.0 out of 5 stars A vinyl replacement
I bought it as a replacement for the vinyl which I still like, but of the two 'folkie' albums released in the early '90's I have to admit World Gone Wrong is probably the stronger... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris Ripple
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't
miss out on a single track from the great master , they all here just waiting to be switched on.
Published 7 months ago by The flycatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars swashbucklin bob me hartys
I read a review on this cd that bob sounds rough
What was he expecting. Michael bubbley. Bobs
Voice is well suited to to a swashbuckling good ole
See shanty songs... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by c rider
5.0 out of 5 stars A Late Bloomer
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. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by Miles Nevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan as a fan
Avoided this for ages as I wasn't too convinced by an album of covers. Big mistake. It shows Bob the fan playing songs he obviously loves and empathises with. Buy it.
Published on 5 Feb 2009 by Brian Mavis
5.0 out of 5 stars He knows what he's doing the critics don't
What I like about Dylan is that he does plenty of covers.Self Portait and its still-not-issued-on CD sequel DYLAN was Dylan playing the covers game-which at least proved he wasn't... Read more
Published on 1 April 2008 by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's good!
Leo Kottke is celebrated as having described his own voice as "goose farts on a foggy day". A reasonable description balanced by the simple fact that he plays unbelievably... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2008 by P. Wallace
3.0 out of 5 stars 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... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2007 by Steve
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