Bob Dylan – Good As I Been To You (1992)

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As noted, a “leak” of some new Dylan tracks from his own record label (ahem) got me back into the stacks – and back into Bob.

We’re mixing and matching here, old and new, relevant and pee-yew. That’s Dylan for you … raising our sights, but occasionally frustrating our desires, as Rolling Stone magazine’s David Fricke once said.

“GOOD AS I BEEN TO YOU,” 1992

Dylan goes unplugged, but without the fawning audience or the MTV residuals.

Solo — even during a session where he defiantly sidesteps the conventions of your average vocalist — Dylan remains unrivaled.

In fits and turns, he reclaims both the cranky folk (“Blackjack Davey”) and the loose blues feel of his first album (“Sittin’ on Top of the World.”)

Nick’s Picks: “Little Maggie.” And “Froggie Went A-Courtin'” — which you might remember as You Get a Line and I’ll Get A Pole from “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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