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Willis Alan Ramsey
Willis Alan Ramsey
Willis Alan Ramsey
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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A landmark of the progressive country movement, with some of the sweetest, most memorable songs of the '70s, this album has both a rough and silky warmth, distinguished by Ramsey's bass, guitar, and harmonica work, and by ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Willis Alan Ramsey
Title: Willis Alan Ramsey
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Koch Records
Release Date: 7/20/1999
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Easy Listening, Singer-Songwriters, Soft Rock, Folk Rock, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 099923801924

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A landmark of the progressive country movement, with some of the sweetest, most memorable songs of the '70s, this album has both a rough and silky warmth, distinguished by Ramsey's bass, guitar, and harmonica work, and by his great patience and musical care. As good as the songs are, Ramsey's country-soul voice, owing more to his Alabama roots than to Texas, is even finer. And even if you've never heard of him, you'll recognize his compositions. "Muskrat Candlelight" is notorious, and if that song makes you wary, it shouldn't. Ramsey's version has a soulful glide and captures an elusive romantic tone. David Bromberg recorded "Northeast Texas Women" and Jerry Jeff Walker covered "Ballad of Spider John," but the mythic air of Ramsey's originals--especially "Boy From Oklahoma," the best song ever written about Woody Guthrie--has never been equaled. Unfortunately, the reticent, demanding Ramsey never found that groove again, and while rumors of a follow-up have circulated for decades, his exquisite debut is all we have. --Roy Kasten

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This is not a remake!
Rob | Oklahoma City, OK USA | 07/16/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Contrary to what the previous reviewer wrote, this is not a remake, but a re-issue of the original glorious recording. This is, of course, a five-star record, but I gave it two so that I could post this correction next to the mistaken "Bobby O"'s comments.
Peace"
Classic Folk and
P. Aberg | Dallas | 01/31/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Willis Alan is a true artist that has mastered the sound of folk music with nashville-austin-scotland all in one. His new album due out in mid 2010 will be greatly appreciated by old and new fans. The song writing is wonderful."