80075-1 Allies
Produced by Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and Stanley Johnston (tracks 5 & 8 co-produced by Ron Albert and Howard Albert)
Released on June 6, 1983
US CHART POSITION #43
Find it at GEMM
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E h, usually I’d write something cynical here about allies for the almighty dollar (alles unter die gelp), but this contains too many good performances to grouse against. The opening pair of tracks are new songs recorded live in Los Angeles, heavy on Stills and light on Crosby, with Nash mashed somewhere in the middle. From there it’s a straight live album (the first two songs could pass for studio tracks), the bulk of it coming from a 1982 show in Universal City, California. Honestly, there’s hardly any rust in songs like “Wasted On The Way,” “Dark Star” and “Blackbird.” Even Nash’s “Barrel of Pain,” which was easy to overlook on the mediocre Earth & Sky, sounds better in this setting, suggesting a sort of Pink Floyd undercurrent that I didn’t hear the first time. And it gets better: two tunes from a 1977 show in Houston, “Shadow Captain” and Crosby’s rendition of “He Played Real Good For Free.” The backing band is predictably solid, including Michael Finnigan (who steals the spotlight from Nash on “Barrel of Pain”), George “Chocolate” Perry and Joe Vitale. The way they funk up a song like “For What It’s Worth” is a treat, and together with strong harmonies from Crosby, Stills & Nash this is prime time CS&N, not a band past its prime. Allies didn’t chart particularly well, didn’t sell a lot of copies, and it was another five years until they’d get around to working together again. However, this album is enough to rekindle the hope pregnant in the magic glyph of CSN, a reminder that wasted time doesn’t equate to tarnished memories.

80075-1 back cover 80075-1 lyric sleeve
80075-1 back cover 80075-1 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. WAR GAMES    (Stephen Stills)    2:18
  2. RAISE A VOICE    (Graham Nash/Stephen Stills)    2:31
  3. TURN YOUR BACK ON LOVE    (Stephen Stills/Graham Nash/Michael Stergis)    5:04
  4. BARREL OF PAIN    (Graham Nash)    5:46
  5. SHADOW CAPTAIN    (words by David Crosby/music by Craig Doerge)    4:30
  6. DARK STAR    (Stephen Stills)    4:48
  7. BLACKBIRD    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:30
  8. HE PLAYED REAL GOOD FOR FREE    (Joni Mitchell)    3:48
  9. WASTED ON THE WAY    (Graham Nash)    2:37
  10. FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH    (Stephen Stills)    5:38

CREDITS

DAVID CROSBY -- vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
GRAHAM NASH -- vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
STEPHEN STILLS -- vocals, guitar, keyboards, lead guitar, acoustic guitar
JAMES NEWTON HOWARD -- keyboards
GEORGE "CHOCOLATE" PERRY -- bass
JOE VITALE -- drums
Craig Doerge -- keyboards, acoustic piano, synthesizer
Michael Finnigan -- keyboards, vocals
Danny Kortchmar -- guitar
Joe Lala -- percussion
Jeff Porcaro -- drums
Michael Stergis -- rhythm guitar
Elrain Toro -- percussion
David Hewitt, Ron Albert, Howard Albert, Jay Parti -- engineers
Stanley Johnston -- engineer, mixing
Steve Gursky -- engineer, mixing
David Peters -- front cover/inner sleeve photography, concept and effects
Henry Diltz -- back cover photography
Jimmy Wachtel, for Dawn Patrol -- art direction/design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 6, 1983 Atlantic LP/CS 80075 lyric sleeve
UK/GER 1983 Atlantic LP/CS 78 0075-1/4 lyric sleeve

 

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