Good as I Been to You is the twenty-eighth studio album by Bob Dylan, released in 1992.
He hadn't recorded a solo acoustic album since Another Side of Bob Dylan from 1964 and it was his first entire Cover Album since Dylan from 1973. As a result many people felt it was a welcome return to his roots after many years of experimenting with Rock, Country Music and Gospel Music and performing with other bands. The album got good reviews and a follow-up, World Gone Wrong, appeared in the following year.
The album did cause a bit of controversy, though, since several songs were inaccurately credited. Australian folksinger Mick Slocum sued Dylan's music publisher over the arrangement credit in "Jim Jones." Slocum recorded his arrangement with his band, The Original Bushwhackers, in 1975, and Dylan's publisher was forced to concede their error.
- "Frankie And Albert" (3:50)
- "Jim Jones" (3:52)
- "Blackjack Davey" (5:47)
- "Canadee-I-O" (4:20)
- "Sittin' on Top of the World" (4:27)
- "Little Maggie" (2:52)
- "Hard Times" (4:31)
- "Step It Up and Go" (2:54)
- "Tomorrow Night" (3:42)
- "Arthur McBride" (6:20)
- "You're Gonna Quit Me" (2:46)
- "Diamond Joe" (3:14)
- "Froggie Went A-Courtin'" (6:26)
Tropin' on Top of the World
- Album Filler: The album started out to fulfill a contractual obligation, but it actually got good reviews.
- Album Title Drop: "You're Gonna Quit Me"You're gonna quit me, babyGood as I been to you, Lord, Lord
- Animal Motifs: "Froggie Went A-Courtin'" is a traditional about a frog going courting, meeting a female mouse he wants to marry.
- Break-Up Song: "You're Gonna Quit Me"Day you quit me, babyThat's the day you die, Lord, Lord
- Canada, Eh?: "Canadee-I-O"Now, when they come down to CanadaScarcely 'bout half a yearShe's married this bold captainWho called her his dearShe's dressed in silks and satins nowShe cuts a gallant showFinest of the ladiesDown Canadee-i-o.
- Cover Album: This was Dylan's first entire cover album in 18 years.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The black-and-white photo on the album cover.
- Face on the Cover: A black-and-white close-up photo of Bob Dylan.
- Folk Music: Most songs are traditionals, but there are a few folk and country songs written by identified singer-songwriters.
- Name and Name: Frankie & Albert
- One-Man Song: Arthur McBride, "Blackjack Davey", "Jim Jones" and Diamond Joe.
- One-Woman Song: Little Maggie.
- Pep-Talk Song: "Sittin' on Top of the World"I don't worry, I'm sittin' on the top of the world
- Record Producer: Debbie Gold.
- Revisiting the Roots: This album marked Dylan return to his humble beginnings.
- Silly Love Songs: "Froggie Went A-Courtin'".
- Spiritual Successor: The follow-up "World Gone Wrong".