Album artwork for Good As I Been To You by Bob Dylan
Album artwork for Good As I Been To You by Bob Dylan

Few, if any, concepts better encapsulate Good As I Been to You. It resonates with the same originality, honesty, resolve, and age- and time-defying relevance as the seminal Anthology of American Folk Music that fired Dylan’s imagination as a kid in small-town Minnesota and, later, per Greil Marcus’ That Old Weird America book, informed Dylan and the Band’s Basement Tapes sessions. This record also contains the type of music Dylan was playing during his acoustic sets at his period Never Ending Tour shows; within a year of the record’s release, Dylan would play half the album’s songs live. As for those songs: rife with strange mystery, common circumstance, and epic adventure, the stories appeal to our base instincts. Their themes — jealousy, temptation, sacrifice, love, revenge, identity, opportunity — operate on a fundamentally human level immune to trends, generations, or eras. They’re ancient and modern, serious and comical, open and disguised, simple and multi-layered. They talk of vengeance and justice (“Frankie & Albert”; “Jim Jones”), romance and tenderness (“Tomorrow Night,” “Froggie Went a Courtin’”), the troubled and trouble-free (“Hard Times,” “Sittin’ on Top of the World”). They lend voice to lovers scorned and freed (“Blackjack Davey”), the used and users (“Diamond Joe”), the powerful and powerless (“Arthur McBride,” “Canadee-I-O”), the followed and followers (“Little Maggie”). And akin to much of Dylan’s finest output, things are not always what they appear to be. Spanning country, folk, sea shanty, bluegrass, and blues motifs, Good As I Been to You re-confirms Dylan’s position as an elite interpreter and sculptor — not of just structure but emotion. Dylan delivers the tunes as if he’s known them forever. He plays with a subtle sense of mischievousness and retains a largely upbeat demeanour; his eyes seemingly twinkle as he sings and picks. His guitar serves as the guidepost for shuffles, boogies, ballads, and mess-arounds while his innate feel for each specific arrangement and melody helps inform pacing, tone, attack.

Bob Dylan

Good As I Been To You

We Are Vinyl
Album artwork for Good As I Been To You by Bob Dylan
LP

£27.99

Black
Released 25/08/2017Catalogue Number

88985438091

Album artwork for Good As I Been To You by Bob Dylan
LP +

£94.99

Sourced from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and housed in a Stoughton jacket, Mobile Fidelity numbered-edition 180g SuperVinyl LP.

Black
Released 29/12/2023Catalogue Number

LMF532SV

Album artwork for Good As I Been To You by Bob Dylan
CD

£49.99

Sourced from the original master tapes and presented in Audiophile Sound for the first time: Mobile Fidelity Numbered-Edition Hybrid SACD.

Released 29/12/2023Catalogue Number

CMFSA2258

Bob Dylan

Good As I Been To You

We Are Vinyl
Album artwork for Good As I Been To You by Bob Dylan
LP

£27.99

Black
Released 25/08/2017Catalogue Number

88985438091

Album artwork for Good As I Been To You by Bob Dylan
LP +

£94.99

Sourced from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and housed in a Stoughton jacket, Mobile Fidelity numbered-edition 180g SuperVinyl LP.

Black
Released 29/12/2023Catalogue Number

LMF532SV

Album artwork for Good As I Been To You by Bob Dylan
CD

£49.99

Sourced from the original master tapes and presented in Audiophile Sound for the first time: Mobile Fidelity Numbered-Edition Hybrid SACD.

Released 29/12/2023Catalogue Number

CMFSA2258

Few, if any, concepts better encapsulate Good As I Been to You. It resonates with the same originality, honesty, resolve, and age- and time-defying relevance as the seminal Anthology of American Folk Music that fired Dylan’s imagination as a kid in small-town Minnesota and, later, per Greil Marcus’ That Old Weird America book, informed Dylan and the Band’s Basement Tapes sessions. This record also contains the type of music Dylan was playing during his acoustic sets at his period Never Ending Tour shows; within a year of the record’s release, Dylan would play half the album’s songs live. As for those songs: rife with strange mystery, common circumstance, and epic adventure, the stories appeal to our base instincts. Their themes — jealousy, temptation, sacrifice, love, revenge, identity, opportunity — operate on a fundamentally human level immune to trends, generations, or eras. They’re ancient and modern, serious and comical, open and disguised, simple and multi-layered. They talk of vengeance and justice (“Frankie & Albert”; “Jim Jones”), romance and tenderness (“Tomorrow Night,” “Froggie Went a Courtin’”), the troubled and trouble-free (“Hard Times,” “Sittin’ on Top of the World”). They lend voice to lovers scorned and freed (“Blackjack Davey”), the used and users (“Diamond Joe”), the powerful and powerless (“Arthur McBride,” “Canadee-I-O”), the followed and followers (“Little Maggie”). And akin to much of Dylan’s finest output, things are not always what they appear to be. Spanning country, folk, sea shanty, bluegrass, and blues motifs, Good As I Been to You re-confirms Dylan’s position as an elite interpreter and sculptor — not of just structure but emotion. Dylan delivers the tunes as if he’s known them forever. He plays with a subtle sense of mischievousness and retains a largely upbeat demeanour; his eyes seemingly twinkle as he sings and picks. His guitar serves as the guidepost for shuffles, boogies, ballads, and mess-arounds while his innate feel for each specific arrangement and melody helps inform pacing, tone, attack.