This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 Image
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  • Summary: The collection of 12 tracks from the 1980s Los Angeles alt-country band includes five covers and nine unreleased songs.
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  • Record Label: Omnivore
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Roots Rock, Country-Rock, Punk/New Wave, Cowpunk
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  1. Jan 15, 2014
    88
    The song selection suggests a band that had internalized a heck of a lot of country ideas at a young age.... Overshadowing all, though, is McKee, whose voice sounds like that of a young Dolly Parton fueled by Exene Cervenka's passion.
  2. 80
    While a number of other covers grace the set like Merle Haggard’s “Working Man Blues” and Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “Jackson,” the group also penned some fantastic originals.
  3. Jan 15, 2014
    80
    This remains a stronger and more engaging document of Lone Justice's brief moment of greatness than has ever seen authorized release, and 30 years on, this still sounds like a band that could have taken on the world if they'd been allowed to follow their own path.
  4. Uncut
    Jan 15, 2014
    80
    The LP's seven originals are solid, but the five country covers hit with sweaty immediacy. [Feb 2014, p.95]
  5. Jan 31, 2014
    80
    Overall, This is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 may just be the definitive Lone Justice recorded experience.
  6. Feb 11, 2014
    60
    Lone Justice may have been a better performing unit before Geffen forced that ‘80s drum sound and Benmont Tench’s ubiquitous keys on them, but there’s something to be said for having Tom Petty and Little Steven contributing material when you haven’t quite gotten a handle on songwriting.
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