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Lyle Lovett calls Willis Alan Ramsey's lone recording one of the greatest records of all time. Long a cult classic passed from hand to hand in smokey bars and clubs, it found a life of its own. Eleven laid-back but literate precursors to the Lovett/ Nanci Griffith/ Michael Martin Murphey vein of songwriting fill the disc. Best known and probably least representative is "Muskrat Love," which became a hit for the Captain and Tennille and the group America. The blues-infused "Northeast Texas Women" and an understated tribute to Woody Guthrie, "Boy From Oklahoma," make Lovett's respect seem more warranted. Leon Russell, who has covered several of the songs, plays backup, and Ramsey's songs have also been recorded by the likes of Waylon Jennings and Shawn Colvin. All in all, Ramsey's influence loomed far beyond his own career; to date, he's not recorded a followup to this visionary 1972 debut.