Don't turn your back
Bodhi Heeren | Copenhagen | 09/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Terrapanda | Maine, United States | 01/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The track list above is definitely NOT thel track list from Allies.
Is this a misprint?
Allies is a great album. It's on of the few cassettes I've held onto because of the scarcity of the CD.
I recommend cranking For What It's Worth to 11."
Great cd, question the release date
J. Lupton | Just south of Oblivion | 02/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."