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Live album from CSN's 1982 "Daylight Again" tour. A mix of live songs & two new studio songs.

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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • ASIN: B0001LXI7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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The musical partnership of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, with and without Neil Young, was not only one of the most successful touring and recording acts of the late '60s, '70s, and early '80s (with the colorful, contrasting nature of the members' characters and their connection to the political and cultural upheavals of the time), it was the only American-based ... Read more in Amazon's Crosby Stills Nash & Young Store

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on February 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are several reasons why fans of Crosby, Stills and Nash would sell their eye teeth to obtain a copy of 'Allies'. First off, there are several songs available here that can't be had elsewhere... and they're darn good songs, too. The other reason is the sheer rarity of the disc... it was only released briefly in Japan and scant copies made their way to foreign shores. The lead track, 'War Games', was withdrawn at the last minute from its intended role as the theme song for the 1983 hit film starring Matthew Broderick. The album was soon engulfed in legal tangles from which it has never emerged. For these reasons, 'Allies' is the CD equivilent of Babe Ruth's rookie card.

As far as the content of the disc is concerned... it's certainly good, but not great, and it has a patchwork quality that renders it the misfit in the CSN catalog. The tracks are drawn from three sources. The first source are two new studio tracks, the aforementioned 'War Games', a fiesty Stephen Stills anti-military-industrial complex tune. Stephen was a pioneer in the use of the moog synthesizer, and it is used to great effect on both new songs, but especially on the charging 'War Games'. The follow-up is a Stills-Graham Nash composition, 'Raise A Voice', another protest tune, but this one possesses a bright, optimistic sound. It is interesting how the songwriting styles of both Stills and Nash can be heard in the elements of this song, and once again we are treated to a tempered and creative use of the synthesizer, a device which became imfamous for it's overuse, misuse, and abuse later in the decade.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren on September 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This somewhat maligned album, released at the time when Crosby's drugabuse had reached ludicris proportions, is actually a lot better than it's reputation. In fact most of the music is downright brilliant.

The album consists of 2 studiotracks, amongst them Stills' poignant "War Games", and 8 live tracks, recorded around the same time as the "Daylight Again"-show (available on DVD). The band that includes the late, legendary drummer Jeff Porcaro is tight and inventive. Specially Mike Finnegan shines on organ and some potent vocals, often covering for Crosby, who isn't audible on most tracks, not even on his own "Shadow Captain".

Stills was really the man in charge at the time, contributing fine songs like "Don't Turn Your Back On Love" and "Dark Star", singing with authority and finess and of course playing some great solos. Nash, the always reliable, coming up with the politically still all too relevant "Barrels Of Pain" (about nuclear waste) and the beautiful and optimistic "Wasted On The Way".

Yet the highlight of the album is no doubt Crosby's spinetingling and intense version of Joni Mitchell's "For Free", singing like a man possesed (which he of course also was at the time).

This new Rhino-version is clearly a vast sonic improvement, making it a worthy testimony to one of the all-time greatest bands.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Feezle on December 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
TRACKLIST:
1. War Games (Stills) - 2:18 *
2. Raise A Voice (Nash/Stills) - 2:31 *
3. Turn Your Back On Love (Stills) - 5:04 **
4. Barrel of Pain (Nash) - 5:46 **
5. Shadow Captain (Crosby) - 4:30 ***
6. Dark Star (Stills) - 4:48 **
7. Blackbird (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) - 2:30 **
8. For Free (Joni Mitchell) - 3:48 ***
9. Wasted On The Way (Nash) - 2:37 **
10. For What It's Worth (Stills) - 5:38 **

(* Studio Track, Recorded in Los Angeles, California, 1983)
(** Recorded Live at the New Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, California, 1982)
(*** Recorded Live in Houston, Texas, 1977)

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PERSONNEL
David Crosby: vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
Craig Doerge: keyboards, acoustic piano, synthesizer
Michael Finnigan: vocals, keyboards
James Newton Howard: keyboards
Danny Kortchmar: guitar
Joe Lala: percussion
Graham Nash: vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
George Perry: bass
Jeff Porcaro: drums
Michael Stergis: rhythm guitar
Stephen Stills: vocals, guitar, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Efrain Toro: percussion
Joe Vitale: drums
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lupton on February 10, 2009
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This is great cd with some fine harmonies as only CSN can do them. Especially like "Blackbird" a Beatles track that CSN now "owns". We're past the 1/20 release date..are we still going to see this one come out this year? Hasn't been on cd except for a very limited run...long out of print. Hope this is rectified soon.
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