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Lone Justice

This World Is Not My Home – 1998 (Geffen)

Reviewed by James Mann

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Although their tenure was brief (1983-1987), Lone Justice casts a long shadow as one of the originators of the "roots rock" movement. Singer Maria McKee, raised on gospel and Tammy Wynette, sings like an angel and writes songs that still soundfresh 15 years later.

This compilation captures the best moments from the bands first (and best) album, songs such as "East Of Eden," the Tom Petty-penned "Ways to Be Wicked" and the heart-stopping "Don+t Toss Us Away." Numerous unreleased tracks are included, such as a romp through Merle Haggard+s "Working Man Blues," a live "Sweet Jane" featuring Bono on vocals and "Drugstore Cowboy," a McKee original you would swear was a Gram Parsons outtake.

Rocking or weeping, Lone Justice was either a great country band that played rock and roll or the other way around. In the end, it doesn+t really matter. This set gives a great overview to a formidable band and will have you searching for the originals.