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In his film Almost Famous, director Cameron Crowe Jerry Maguire, Singles explores a subject near and dear to his heart: the rock 'n' roll of the '70s and the journalists who covered it. Crowe, a onetime rock journalist, has also assembled a soundtrack boasting an astonishing array of heavy hitters, including the Who "Sparks", Lynyrd Skynyrd "Simple Man", and Yes "I've Seen All Good People". Apparently Crowe was able to secure the Led Zeppelin track "That's the Way" -- quite a coup, as it's Zep's first soundtrack appearance ever -- by drawing on his own deep roots in the music industry. Even though the track listing features all big names, Crowe's known passion for music compelled him to dig deeper for material, so ...
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In his film Almost Famous, director Cameron Crowe Jerry Maguire, Singles explores a subject near and dear to his heart: the rock 'n' roll of the '70s and the journalists who covered it. Crowe, a onetime rock journalist, has also assembled a soundtrack boasting an astonishing array of heavy hitters, including the Who "Sparks", Lynyrd Skynyrd "Simple Man", and Yes "I've Seen All Good People". Apparently Crowe was able to secure the Led Zeppelin track "That's the Way" -- quite a coup, as it's Zep's first soundtrack appearance ever -- by drawing on his own deep roots in the music industry. Even though the track listing features all big names, Crowe's known passion for music compelled him to dig deeper for material, so he treats listeners to David Bowie's live cover of the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting for the Man" and the Beach Boys' 1971 psychedelic nugget "Feel Flows." Also included is a Donovan-like instrumental from former Heart member -- and Crowe's wife -- Nancy Wilson "Mr. Trumble" and "Fever Dog," a cock-rock stomper by Stillwater, the fictional band at the center of Almost Famous. With this soundtrack, Crowe once again merges his love for rock and the big screen into a seamless work that honors the past while adding to its legacy.
Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
In his film Almost Famous, director Cameron Crowe Jerry Maguire, Singles explores a subject near and dear to his heart: the rock 'n' roll of the '70s and the journalists who covered it. Crowe, a onetime rock journalist, has also assembled a soundtrack boasting an astonishing array of heavy hitters, including the Who "Sparks", Lynyrd Skynyrd "Simple Man", and Yes "I've Seen All Good People". Apparently Crowe was able to secure the Led Zeppelin track "That's the Way" -- quite a coup, as it's Zep's first soundtrack appearance ever -- by drawing on his own deep roots in the music industry. Even though the track listing features all big names, Crowe's known passion for music compelled him to dig deeper for material, so he treats listeners to David Bowie's live cover of the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting for the Man" and the Beach Boys' 1971 psychedelic nugget "Feel Flows." Also included is a Donovan-like instrumental from former Heart member -- and Crowe's wife -- Nancy Wilson "Mr. Trumble" and "Fever Dog," a cock-rock stomper by Stillwater, the fictional band at the center of Almost Famous. With this soundtrack, Crowe once again merges his love for rock and the big screen into a seamless work that honors the past while adding to its legacy.
All Music Guide - Dean Carlson
Although it's been pronounced dead more often than Mark Twain, the life expectancy of rock & roll was surely looking faint at the end of the '60s. Few people realize that it wasn't all bad. As Almost Famous' central character slowly realizes, it's much less important what history may mean to music journalists 30 years from now than what it means to actually experience it right then and there. Maybe it was a hard lesson to learn. Because while the counterculture and its music started to become everything it hated and too soon before punk came to remind everybody what the revolution was really about rock's "lurch" still promised much for those that paid attention. Indeed, it would take a concentrated effort to ignore this soundtrack's refreshing outlook. Simon & Garfunkel and the Who are pitted right against Yes and Elton John. The Beach Boys against Cat Stevens. There's a sense of heady nostalgia here -- but one more deliberately adolescent and tender than the schlock-infested oldies radio station trends of most soundtracks of this ilk. The Seeds are represented by one of their most psychedelic pop gems "Mr. Farmer" while Thunderclap Newman sounds almost prophetic with their playfully carny-piano mini-marathon "Something in the Air". Even the two new fictionalized compositions both manage to evoke the feeling of a waning era with just the right amount of reminiscence. This is surely not a definitive collection of post-'60s music and it's proud not to be. Like all great soundtracks, the one for Almost Famous works both as an instant reminder of the film's highs as well as a personal, startling perspective into the very "last gasps" of rock & roll. And like all great soundtracks, music journalists will probably hate it.
Entertainment Weekly - Josh Tyrangiel
The sequencing stumbles at times, but serious music fans will be proud to have this one on the shelf.

Although it's been pronounced dead more often than Mark Twain, the life expectancy of rock & roll was surely looking faint at the end of the '60s. Few people realize that it wasn't all bad. As Almost Famous' central character slowly realizes, it's much less important what history may mean to music journalists 30 years from now than what it means to actually experience it right then and there. Maybe it was a hard lesson to learn. Because while the counterculture and its music started to become everything it hated and too soon before punk came to remind everybody what the revolution was really about rock's "lurch" still promised much for those that paid attention. Indeed, it would take a concentrated effort to ignore this soundtrack's refreshing outlook. Simon & Garfunkel and the Who are pitted right against Yes and Elton John. The Beach Boys against Cat Stevens. There's a sense of heady nostalgia here -- but one more deliberately adolescent and tender than the schlock-infested oldies radio station trends of most soundtracks of this ilk. The Seeds are represented by one of their most psychedelic pop gems "Mr. Farmer" while Thunderclap Newman sounds almost prophetic with their playfully carny-piano mini-marathon "Something in the Air". Even the two new fictionalized compositions both manage to evoke the feeling of a waning era with just the right amount of reminiscence. This is surely not a definitive collection of post-'60s music and it's proud not to be. Like all great soundtracks, the one for Almost Famous works both as an instant reminder of the film's highs as well as a personal, startling perspective into the very "last gasps" of rock & roll. And like all great soundtracks, music journalists will probably hate it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • UPC: 600445027923
  • Catalog Number: 450279
  • Sales rank: 954

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 America - Simon & Garfunkel (3:37)
  2. 2 Sparks (3:48)
  3. 3 It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference (3:51)
  4. 4 I've Seen All Good People: Your Move (3:33)
  5. 5 Feel Flows (4:44)
  6. 6 Fever Dog - Stillwater (3:10)
  7. 7 Every Picture Tells a Story - Rod Stewart (5:55)
  8. 8 Mr. Farmer - The Seeds (2:51)
  9. 9 One Way Out (4:59)
  10. 10 Simple Man (5:56)
  11. 11 That's the Way (5:37)
  12. 12 Tiny Dancer (6:15)
  13. 13 Lucky Trumble (2:42)
  14. 14 I'm Waiting for the Man (5:43)
  15. 15 The Wind (1:40)
  16. 16 Slip Away - Clarence Carter (2:32)
  17. 17 Something in the Air (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Allman Brothers Band Track Performer
The Beach Boys Track Performer
David Bowie Track Performer
Clarence Carter Track Performer
Elton John Track Performer
Led Zeppelin Track Performer
Lynyrd Skynyrd Track Performer
Thunderclap Newman Track Performer
Todd Rundgren Track Performer
The Seeds Track Performer
Simon & Garfunkel Track Performer
Cat Stevens Track Performer
Rod Stewart Track Performer
The Who Track Performer
Yes Track Performer
Nancy Wilson Track Performer
Stillwater Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jon Anderson Composer
Chris Squire Composer
Cat Stevens Composer
Marcus Daniel Composer
Elmore James Composer
Marshall Sehorn Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Cameron Crowe Producer
Danny Bramson Producer
William Armstrong Composer
Wilbur Terrell Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabuloso, Mr. Roboto

    Almost Famous is one of the best movies. Its soundtrack is fabuloso, as well!! "Fever Dog" is a must-listen!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost Famous

    great soundtrack to follow up a great movie. I definately recomend to everyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An outstanding movie complimented by an incredible soundtrack

    Almost Famous was one of the best movies I've ever seen. It was wonderfully scripted and the acting was amazing. It was funny but also intelligent, and took an in depth look at the trials and tribulations of a rock-band and the fans who love them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie!!!!!!

    THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!! AND THE SOUNDTRACK ROCKS TOO!!! IF U HAVEN'T SEEN IT GO AND SEE IT OK. <- - -THE-BEST-MOVIE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!!!

    This CD was absolutely amazing!! I especially enjoyed the Beach boy's Feel flows. It's a classic CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie ever...

    I think ''Almost Famous'' is the best movie ever, and the soundtrack is awesome too--the first time Led Zeppelin is ever on a soundtrack! Lynyrd Skynyrd is also one of the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will blow your mind

    Absolutely awesome - it is as good as the soundtrack of ''Forest Gump'' as well as ''Casino''. Worth having one in your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT MOVIE!!!!

    ALMOST FAMOUS IS AN AWESOME MOVIE!!! GO SEE IT!!!

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