Almost Famous

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Writer-director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Say Anything, Singles) was a teenager when Rolling Stone magazine sent him out to write cover stories in the 1970s. Nearly 30 years later, Crowe tells the tale in satisfying fashion and extensive detail with Almost Famous, accompanied by a soundtrack that accurately reflects the time of his trial by fire. Led Zeppelin have never before licensed a performance to a soundtrack, so "That's the Way" earns the distinction. A live version of Lou Reed's "Waiting for the Man" performed by David Bowie in 1972 typifies the emerging underground glam movement. Classic rock from Simon & Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Elton John, and Yes fill things out. Cat Stevens's "The Wind" is rescued from the Timberland commercial. Nancy Wilson of Heart contributes the original score (one track, "Lucky Trumble," featured here) and a track by the fictitious hard-rock band Stillwater, whose "Fever Dog" sounds like a lost track from the hard-rock-guitar wars of the 1970s. Add in tracks by garage-rock faves the Seeds, soul strutter Clarence Carter, and Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band and you've got an expansive collection of tunes to sift through. More than 50 songs are featured in the film. Next question: when's volume 2? --Rob O'Connor

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Release Date (USA): 2000-09-12
Release Date (UK):
Artist/s: Various Artists - Soundtracks
Label: Dreamworks

Track Listing

1 America Simon and Garfunkel
2 Sparks The Who
3 It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference Todd Rundgren
4 I've Seen All Good People: Your Move Yes
5 Feel Flows The Beach Boys
6 Fever Dog Stillwater
7 Every Picture Tells A Story Rod Stewart
8 Mr. Farmer The Seeds
9 One Way Out The Allman Brothers Band
10 Simple Man Lynyrd Skynyrd
11 That's The Way Led Zeppelin
12 Tiny Dancer Elton John
13 Lucky Trumble Nancy Wilson
14 I'm Waiting For The Man David Bowie
15 The Wind Cat Stevens
16 Slip Away Clarence Carter
17 Something In The Air Thunderclap Newman

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