Bob Dylan, Good As I Been To You (1992)
Last year was a big year for me reconnecting with Bob Dylan – he’s always there of course. But the gig last year (which was great) had me going back through everything. Everything! I was in deep – going through the podcasts (many) and all the albums and Dylan’s own radio show archive and a couple of books. It was a deep-deep dive. And it was wonderful. And the revelation in all of it – the big ‘find’ was how great Good As I Been To You is. I mean I always kinda dug it – and saw it as the starting point for Dylan’s ‘comeback’; the thing that got him towards Time out of Mind and all that’s followed. But what I didn’t know/had forgotten was just how good ‘Good’ is – it’s a subtle gem. His first solo acoustic album since 1964 – his first all covers set since 1973 and some of his best vocal and guitar duets ever. Just a sublime jukebox/treasure trove of folk goodies and goldens; little musical breadcrumbs, little clues and hints and reminders of not only where he was going but where he had been. It’s all a continuum with Dylan after all. One of popular music’s best – biggest – statements of artistry over fame. I found this – a white vinyl (unauthorised, but a fine pressing) just recently on a trip to Melbourne. In an amazing store called Play – which is mostly a DVD store. A weird relic of a thing. It sells almost every film or TV show you could think of…more of a graveyard than music stores. But it has CDs and vinyl too. There were many things I could have bought but I had no real justification money-wise, until I saw this. Had to have it. And glad I now do.
Sample Track: Frankie & Albert
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