Album: Almost Famous: Music from the Motion Picture

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Almost Famous: Music from the Motion Picture

Artist: Nancy Wilson
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Label: Dreamworks

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…

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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

The film Almost Famous is set in 1973, a time when rock and roll was about to evolve into a lumbering, arena-conquering dinosaur. Director Cameron Crowe—who was himself a teenage rock journalist for Rolling Stone magazine—has applied his own first-hand knowledge of the 1970s rock scene and co-produced a soundtrack that neatly encapsulates an era in rock and roll history. Contributions from Simon and Garfunkel (“America”) and the Beach Boys (“Feel Flows”) nod to a gentler musical scene on its way out, while tracks by Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Simple Man”), the Allman Brothers Band (“One Way Out”) and Led Zeppelin (“That’s The Way”) indicate the shape of rock to come. Meanwhile, David Bowie’s version of “I’m Waiting for the Man” hints at the glam scene lurking just around the corner, and Clarence Thomas’s “Slip Away” provides an example of perfect 1970s soul. Even Almost Famous’s fictitious house band, Stillwater, contribute a track: the nicely retro, guitar-rocking “Fever Dog”. —Robert Burrow

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