Allies (Crosby, Stills & Nash album)

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Live album by
ReleasedJune 6, 1983
VenueNew Universal Amphitheater, Universal City, California; The Summit, Houston; Studio tracks in Los Angeles
ProducerGraham Nash, Stephen Stills, Stanley Johnston, Ron Albert, and Howard Albert
Crosby, Stills, & Nash chronology
Daylight Again
American Dream
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars [1]

Allies is the eighth album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, their second concert document, and released on Atlantic Records in 1983. A live concert clip for "Wasted on the Way" received some rotation on MTV and VH1 at the time, as did the single "War Games". It peaked at #43 on the Billboard 200, and is currently out of print.


The album starts off with two studio recordings. The lead track "War Games" was written for the 1983 film WarGames and was released as a single by the group, which peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song was used in initial early promotional theatrical trailers and in a promotional video for MTV, but their participation in the project was cancelled at the last moment. The MTV video for the song was composed solely of scenes from the movie. The second studio track, "Raise a Voice" by Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, was appended to the 2006 re-issue of Daylight Again as a bonus track.

The rest of the album consists of live recordings from two different tours. The tracks "Shadow Captain" and "For Free" were recorded in Houston, Texas, on the 1977 tour for the CSN album. Presumably they were chosen as they were strong David Crosby performances, something becoming more difficult for Crosby to muster evidenced by his minimal participation on the band's previous studio album as he dealt with personal difficulties that would eventually lead to his time in prison. The rest of the album derives from a show at the new Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, on the 1982 tour to promote Daylight Again.

David Crosby would spend time in prison in Texas during 1986, putting the group on temporary hiatus.[2] As a result, there would not be another Crosby, Stills & Nash album until 1988 and their reunion with Neil Young, that five-year gap the longest between releases by the group to that point in time.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

1."War Games" (studio track)Stephen Stills2:18
2."Raise a Voice" (studio track)Graham Nash, Stephen Stills2:31
3."Turn Your Back on Love"Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Michael Stergis5:04
4."Barrel of Pain"Graham Nash5:46
5."Shadow Captain"David Crosby, Craig Doerge4:30

Side two[edit]

1."Dark Star"Stephen Stills4:48
2."Blackbird"John Lennon, Paul McCartney2:30
3."He Played Real Good For Free"Joni Mitchell3:48
4."Wasted on the Way"Graham Nash3:04
5."For What It's Worth"Stephen Stills5:38


Additional musicians[edit]

  • Danny Kortchmarelectric guitar on "War Games" and "Raise a Voice"
  • Michael Stergis – electric guitar on "Raise A Voice"
  • James Newton Howard – keyboards on "War Games", "Turn Your Back on Love", "Barrel of Pain", "Dark Star" and "For What It's Worth"
  • Mike Finnigan – additional vocals on "Barrel of Pain," keyboards on "Turn Your Back on Love", "Barrel of Pain", "Dark Star" and "For What It's Worth"
  • Craig Doerge – keyboards on "War Games", "Raise a Voice" and "Shadow Captain"
  • George "Chocolate" Perrybass
  • Joe Vitaledrums all tracks except "War Games" and "Raise a Voice"
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums on "War Games" and "Raise a Voice"
  • Efrain Toropercussion on "Turn Your Back on Love", "Barrel of Pain", "Dark Star" and "For What It's Worth"
  • Joe Lala – percussion on "Shadow Captain"