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The Allies

by The Allies

One of Seattle's premier and hardest working Rock 'n' Roll bands of the early-mid 1980's. Reflecting the times, the band presented a healthy mix of Power Pop, Punk, New Wave,'60's British
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1. Emma Peel
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2. Keep Your Eyes On Your Heart
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3. Cruel Beauty
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4. Hide in the City
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5. Lesson to Learn
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6. Brave New Love
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7. The Best Night of My Life
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8. Animal Attraction
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9. The Fanatic Rag
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10. Jack's Back
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11. Foreign Girls
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12. A Simple Memory
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13. Fire
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14. High Wire
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Album Notes
"The Allies is a shockingly good record" is what The Rocket – Seattle's premier rock magazine of the '80's– had to say about this album upon its release in March of 1982. Seattle Times critic Pat McDonald lauded the album as being "among the most impressive albums released locally. The production quality is first-rate... The songwriting of Steve Adamek, Dave Kincaid –an excellent lead guitarist, and Carl Funk–a local songwriter, generally is excellent." Released at a time when the local radio playlists were notoriously tight and dominated by "corporate rock," and hearing a local band on the air nonexistent, The Allies managed to shatter these barriers with the albums' opener "Emma Peel". The song went on to become a classic regional hit which continues to be heard on the airwaves to this day– more than twenty years later. Made into one of Seattle's first rock videos, "Emma Peel" won the honors in the semi-finals of MTV's "Basement Tapes" competition in 1984.

THE ALLIES, whose core members would go on to form The Brandos, was one of Seattle's premier and hardest working Rock 'n' Roll bands of the early-mid 1980's. Reflecting the times, the band presented a healthy mix of Power Pop, Punk, New Wave,'60's British Invasion and good ol' Rock 'n Roll, and played non-stop from the fall of 1979 through January of 1985, being featured by virtually every newspaper and rock radio station in the region, as well as appearing on local television music programs and newscasts. This version of the band featured Steve Adamek (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano), Dave Kincaid (vocals, lead guitar, bass), and Larry Mason (drums, vocals).

Originally released only on vinyl, the album is released here for the first time on CD. The master tapes were very nearly destroyed, but thanks to mastering engineer John Golden, and Seattle recording engineer Jack Endino, the tapes were salvaged and digitally remastered at Mix-O-Lydian Studio, Lafayette, NJ. The new CD package contains the 14 classic songs of the early 80's, including the Seattle hit "Emma Peel," new liner notes and concise history of The Allies by Dave Kincaid, along with the album's original reviews in the Seattle Times and “The Rocket,” Seattle’s music paper of the 80s & 90s.


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Hugh

I ALMOST forgot how good these guys where
I wonder how many times I saw the Allies live? If they were anywhere in the area on a given Friday or Saturday night in the early eighties I would usually end up going to see them. The music was that good. I Literally wore this album out in the late ‘80’s after they had broken up, and figured I would never hear the Allies again. Now here is this little slice of heaven on CD, and I’m struck by the fact that my memory of the Allies wasn’t better than they were. These guys had great talent and the voices of Adamek and Kincaid were truly made for each other. If I could have one wish, it would be that they had recorded a few more of their songs, so they could have been included this CD. (How about “Let’s Play Doctor”?) At any rate it’s great to have this CD to share with others who weren’t fortunate enough to hear them the first time around – and to occasionally cast my memory back to Waldo’s in Kirkland, and me in my skinny tie doing “Ninety miles an hour across the dance floor”…

PSI

Excellent early 80's rock 'n roll
I feel so fortunate to have finally found this CD again. After spending many, many nights of my misspent youth dancing to The Allies at Astor Park, it is wonderful to hear these 14 songs again. The unique blend of harmonies, tight rhythym section and Dave Kincaid's inventive guitar playing make this much more than just another "lost local album." For me, the standout tracks are "Best Night of My Life", the cheeky "Jack's Back", "High Wire" and the accoustic "A Simple Memory" which shows off Adamek and Kincaid's unique vocal harmonizing. This is more than just a time capsule of early 80's Seattle Rock... it's just a great album that belongs in everyone's collection.

Mark Haldi

Good Times!
I was introduced to the Allies in the early 80's at a show at Everett Community College when I was 13 or 14. My dad took a few of my friends to see them headline with special guest 10,000 Clams (who wore hefty bags with 10,000 Clams spelled out in masking tape).

Emma Peel is one of my favorite songs of all time, I purchased a couple of CD's to give out to young-un's at work and they all love it, having never heard it before. The Allies music standing the test of time.
Like another reviewer said, I only wish we could get our hands on more!
Thanks for making this available and keeping the Allies alive.

Crash

OMG!! I Found It
I have had "The Best Night Of My Life" and "Foreign Girls" going through my head since the mid 80's. This was one of the best albums of the decade (IMHO) by one of the best bands in Seattle. I can't believe it's still available - Thank God!

Tori Billings

Absolutely Fabulous!
I'm in love with Emma Peel. What more can I say? If you were in Seattle in the early 80's and you didn't dance to The Allies - what the hell were you doing??? This CD is fantastic! The songs are all just as good as they were then and quality is superb. Close your eyes and see Dave Kincaid rockin' on stage...

Dan Cowan

Great album!
This is a top-notch album. I\'m surprised The Allies didn\'t go further than they did. Such is the reality of life in the music business. I had the good fortune to open for them at The Casbah in Everett, WA back in 1984. They were every bit as good live as they are on this CD. \"Emma Peel\" is great (and not just because I\'m a long-time fan of \"The Avengers\"). Highly recommended.

Steven Mars

The Allies
I never expected that I would be able to find this album on CD. I loved this when it first came out and am enjoying it again now. The only thing missing from this was the intro that was on the cassette version that was also an intro to one of the Avengers episodes.