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Almost Famous Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: September 12, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004XR5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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Almost Famous ~ Soundtrack

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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

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best soundtrack albums in years!
The Crew at AZReporter.com
Well, Listen to this soundtrack, watch the movie, enjoy a time of great music...
Paulo Roberto S Pereira Jr
This is the one song that can really sum up the movie.
Josh Jones

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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Pat Kelly on September 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
1. At least one song from Crowe's wife, Nancy Wilson of Heart. "Jerry MacGuire" featured Sandy, on Singles she used the alias the Lovemongers.
2. An obscure Who track. Crowe clearly believes that if you multiply longevity by creativity, The Who are the greatest rock band of all time. He presents further evidence herein.
3. The rescue of a great ballad from obvilion to standard. With MacGuire, Crowe salvaged the bittersweet "Secret Garden" by Bruce Springsteen. Here, he does the same for the achingly tender "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. (As a side note, there's a good chance this track could finally become a single, some 28 years after its release. With that, Elton could extend to 31 years his record of consecutive Top 40 singles.)
4. A brilliant and eclectic collection of tracks that you will grow to love.
Remember, this movie takes place circa 1973. We could have been subjected to Tony Orlando & Dawn, the Stories and Clint Holmes, or else yet another collection of Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and ELP. Instead, the songs have been carefully culled, mixing soul, pop and rock into a brilliant pastiche of the era.
This one's a keeper. And expect to see the movie in several Oscar categories too!
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405 of 445 people found the following review helpful By ehestia@hotmail.com on April 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Excellent Movie, excellent Soundtrack.We can expect more to come, cause there are so many great songs featured in "Almost Famous". Here is a list : 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 Borthers 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 18. Teacher - Jethro Tull 19. Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters - Elton John 20. Tangerine - Led Zeppelin 21. Search and Destroy - Iggy Pop 22. Sweet Leaf - Black Sabbath 23. Go All the Way - Eric Carmen & The Raspberries 24. Misty Mountain Hop - Led Zeppelin 25. The Chipmunk Song - The Chipmunks 26. Roundabout - Yes 27. Bron-yr-aur - Led Zeppelin 28. Small Time Blues - Pete Droge 29. Hour of Need - Stillwater 30. Paranoid - Black Sabbath 31. The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin 32. Everbody knows this is nowhere - Neil Young 33. Future Games - Fleetwood Mac 34. Albert Flasher - Guess Who 35. Love Thing - Stillwater 36. Burn - Deep Purple 37. You had to be there - Stillwater 38. Reeling in the Years - Steely Dan 39. Dear Jill - Bloodwyn Pig 40. Love comes and goes - Stillwater 41. Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix 42. Slip away - Clarance Carter 43. Wishing well - Free 44. My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder 45. Looking at you - MCS 46. Cortez the Killer - Neil Young 47. The Oogum Boogum Song - Brenton Wood 48. River - Joni Mitchell 49. Easy to slip - Little Feat 50. Peggy Sue 51. Cover of the Rolling Stone 52. Colour my World
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Eric Antonow on September 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
One of the great tributes of Famous is its ability to revive the innocence of these songs. I've heard (most of) them enough times as background music, without context or concentration, that they turned to plastic; Cat Stevens and Elton John, in particular. The genius of the movie is that they are all forgiven of their detours, the cache of bad memories is cleared and the songs are reborn. It's like the first time you (anxiously, carefully) set the needle to the vinyl.
If you enjoyed the movie this will continue its vein until you can see it again. You will sit in front of your stereo and do nothing else but listen. Yep, it will set you free.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom on September 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Unlike the director, Cameron Crowe, or the film's protagonist, William Miller, I could not have been a music critic for Rolling Stone at age 15 or now. But I shall add my two cents worth anyway. I think many people who are buying this CD are like me. They saw the film and they want to connect more with the 1973 period of Cameron Crowe's film through the music. Therefore, a flaw I found with this CD is the liner notes. Although it contains shots from the film and a requisite centerfold of the fictitious band Stillwater in concert, I had hoped it would have included some notes on why Crowe and Bramson selected the CD's tracks, or included one or two excerpts of Crowe's original stories that were published in Rolling Stone when he was a teen (before he penned Fast Times at Ridgemont High). While the film had excerpts from about fifty songs in its soundtrack, the CD has 17. The few pieces written by Peter Frampton and Cameron Crowe are not on this CD. Of course, I enjoyed the popular cuts, like The Wind by Cat Stevens, America by Simon & Garfunkel, Yes' fourth cut, and Todd Rundgren's third cut. The other cuts were more obscure to me, but by a third listening, they grow on you and provide a better feel for that period in Rock. For example, Feel Flows by The Beach Boys (track 5) succeeds in combining the major streams of that period's heady, lazy rock spirit, and "Stillwater's" Fever Dog, which could have been a bad Spinal Tap parody piece, succeeds as a classic rock track. While it is comforting to hear Elton John's Tiny Dancer (track 12) in its original form, if I were producing this CD, I would have added a track of Tiny Dancer sung by the film's cast (the healing song sung on the bus after a major fight).
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If you buy the Almost Famous "bootleg" dvd, you get a Stillwater cd.
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