1983 Crosby, Stills and Nash – Allies

CSN 1983Allies is the eighth album by Crosby, Stills and 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 #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. 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.

Tracks

War Games(Stephen Stills) 02:18
2  Raise A Voice (Stephen Stills; Graham Nash) 02:29
3  Blackbird (John Lennon; Paul McCartney) 03:01
4  Wasted On The Way (Graham Nash) 03:18
5  He Played Real Good For Free (Joni Mitchell) 03:57
6  Shadow Captain (Craig Doerge; David Crosby) 04:43
7  Dark Star (Stephen Stills) 04:57
8  Turn Your Back On Love (Stephen Stills; Graham Nash; Michael Stergis) 05:16
9  For What It’s Worth (Stephen Stills) 05:45
10  Barrel Of Pain (Graham Nash) 06:13

Media

Musicians

1 War Games

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarStephen Stills
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
KeyboardsStephen Stills
KeyboardsCraig Doerge
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard


2 Raise A Voice

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarStephen Stills
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
KeyboardsStephen Stills
KeyboardsCraig Doerge
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard


3 Turn Your Back On Love

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsJoe Vitale
GuitarStephen Stills
GuitarGraham Nash
GuitarDavid Crosby
GuitarMichael Stergis
KeyboardsMike Finnigan
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
PercussionEfrain Toro


4 Barrel Of Pain

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsJoe Vitale
GuitarStephen Stills
GuitarGraham Nash
GuitarDavid Crosby
GuitarMichael Stergis
KeyboardsMike Finnigan
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
PercussionEfrain Toro


5 Shadow Captain

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsJoe Vitale
GuitarStephen Stills
GuitarGraham Nash
GuitarDavid Crosby
PianoCraig Doerge
SynthesizerCraig Doerge
PercussionJoe Lala


6 Dark Star

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsJoe Vitale
GuitarStephen Stills
GuitarGraham Nash
GuitarDavid Crosby
GuitarMichael Stergis
KeyboardsMike Finnigan
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
PercussionEfrain Toro


7 Blackbird

Acoustic GuitarStephen Stills


8 He Played Real Good For Free

Acoustic GuitarDavid Crosby


9 Wasted On The Way

Acoustic GuitarGraham Nash
Acoustic GuitarStephen Stills


10 For What It’s Worth

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsJoe Vitale
GuitarStephen Stills
GuitarGraham Nash
GuitarDavid Crosby
GuitarMichael Stergis
KeyboardsMike Finnigan
KeyboardsJames Newton-Howard
PercussionEfrain Toro

Liner Notes

Producer – Graham Nash, Stanley Johnston, Stephen Stills
Engineer – David Hewitt, Howard Albert, Jay Parti, Ron Albert, Stanley Johnston, Steve Gursky
Engineer (Assistant) – Doug Williams, Gerry Lentz, Jeff Kallestad
Mixed By – Stanley Johnston, Steve Gursky

Art Direction – Jimmy Wachtel
Photography – David Peters, Henry Diltz

Mastered At Capitol Records
Mixed At Rudy Records, Los Angeles
Mixed At Devonshire Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright (c) Atlantic Recording Corporation