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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
- A great soundtrack for a great movie
While "Almost Famous" samples more songs from the 70's than you can count, Cameron Crowe picks the best representation of them on this great soundtrack. This soundtrack includes artists such as the Who, Elton John, and, of course, Stillwater, which make it a diverse yet pulled-together sample of music. I throughly recommend this soundtrack, and, as I can personally attest to, you will listen to it over and over again. ...more info
- What is the name of this song???
Does anyone know the name of the song that appears twice in the movie: once when Penny asks William to go to Morocco with her and again as he chases her plane along the windows at the airport?? I've read the previous reviews and its not 'Lucky Trumble' by Nancy Wilson or 'Everyone Knows this is Nowhere' by Neil Young. Someone please tell me the name of it!!!...more info
- Would Stillwater have listened to this?
Awesome film, really captured that youthful love of music and it did it with a certain underlying tragedy about the lives of the people involved. The decision to invent a fictional band called Stillwater was a master stroke and avoided any biopic style film being made. I've watched it a number of times and probably will again in the future. But will I be playing this soundtrack album regularly? Not likely. And in brief here are my reasons;
Firstly there was a stack of great music in the movie. I mean it was practically a musical. But not much of it is on the S/T. I mean I don't even recall most of these songs being in the film so they can't really have been the salient tracks surely!!! Take the Zep song playing as the band head into NYC - it's way cool and matches the film and...and...and it's not on the disc!
Secondly Stillwater the fictional band in the film come across as being sort of a Cream, Free, Cactus, slightly psychadelic heavy rocker group from that genres formative years. They are hanging out with Humble Pie and playing the same venue as Sabbath. So why on earth do we have stuff like The Beach Boys on this soundtrack. Stillwater the fictional band wouldn't of had much time for them nor the naive 60's sounding track Mr Farmer by some mob called The Seeds. Or Clarence Carter or the truly horrid Thunderclap Newman. For heavens sake the most heft on this album is from the Bowie track I'm Waiting For The Moon. And a nice tune it is too.
Don't get me wrong, there is some nice stuff here such as The Who and especially the gorgeous Elton John number Tiny Dancer that is etched so firmly in your memory from it's wonderful use in the film. But the whole thing seems to me to come across as having been put together by people who didn't 'get' the film. Who don't like rock music or have any affinity with the genre.
A truly sad wasted opporunity. They would of been better off filling it with Nancy Wilson compositions cos she wrote the one 'Stillwater' song here and it's better than most of the other stuff on the album....more info
- Response to missie from Vegas
You are looking for "Small Time Blues" by Pete Droge....more info
- Almost Perfect
The only things missing from this soundtrack are the Stillwater tracks. I loved them in the movie, but missed them here....more info
- please help?
i have a question that is proving to be hard to answer. in the part where there in the Continental hyatt house and there in the hallway and the pass a room with a man and woman singing and playing guitar and the lyrics are "please stay i want to hear you play" but it's not on the sound track or listed anywhere else
does anyone know what the name of the song is or who sings it?...more info
- That song!!
Can someone tell me the name of the song that's playing as Stillwater is going to that hotel in NY. It's playing when they're in the taxi and they talk about William not being a virgin anymore..right before Rusell meets with Leslie!! HELP!...more info
- Does anyone know the name of this song?
I can't remember the scene completely, however I think the song playing in the airport scene was Neil Youngs, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
A great song!...more info
- Nice movie, good choice of classic tunes for the Soundtrack... But an AWFUL soundtrack album! Blah!!!
I watched "Almost Famous" one or two times, mostly 'cause I liked the songs selection for the soundtrack very, very much.
... However, how can you explain that a 50+ songs Soundtrack played along the movie, result in just a 17-piece OST album?... Why not a 3-CD Box instead, including all the great tunes in the movie???...
These guys in the music Soundtrack industry... No further comments! BLAH!!!!
- Please, help!
A question..., December 16, 2002
Reviewer: A music fan
Could anyone tell me the name of the song that is played when Penny Lane is leaving on the plane and William is watching her from the airport terminal? It is one of my favorite songs from the film.
I would really like to know that as well! If anyone knows, please reply?...more info
- A Smart, Sophisticated and Catchy Soundtrack
A few years ago I went through a phase in which I bought a whole bunch of soundtracks. Every time I saw a movie and I liked the soundtrack, I picked up a copy. These days, barely any of these soundtracks get played. There are, however, a few exceptions. This is expecption #1.
I'm 16 years old and I listen to classic rock. I have zero patience for most of the music being recorded today. Instead, I rock out to the Beatles, the Stones, Cream, Zeppelin, Yes, Heart, Bowie, and the Who (among many others). After seeing this movie, which rocked, I decided to get the soundtrack.
It's a great soundtrack. In fact, it is responsible for getting me into a few artists I hadn't delved into yet. I own music by Cat Stevens, Elton John, Yes and Lynyrd Skynyrd because of this soundtrack. I bought when I was just starting to get into classic rock and it is one of the reasons I kept going.
Every song on this album is great. Sure, some are better than others, but each one is interesting and innovative. They are also darn catchy! My favorites include Simon and Garfunkel's "America", "I've Seen All Good People" by the often-forgotten Yes, "Simple Man", "That's the Way", "Tiny Dancer", "The Wind", "I'm Waiting for the Man", "Slip Away" and "Something in the Air". Dang. I didn't mean for my list ot be that long. I just love this album and I have such an appreciation for the music.
If any of the people at my school had half a brain they would start listening to classic rock today. Music meant something back then. Sigh....more info
- penny getting on the plane
For the guy in Philly who wants to know about the music when penny is getting on the plane, it's by Cameron Crowe's wife, Nancy Wilson (former member of Heart). The music captures that scene so well, doesn't it? She did alot of the music for the movie. It's not released on any other albums. It's not on the soundtrack though either. There is so mcuh good music that did not go onto the soundtrack. Another amazon.com reviewer listed them all. Good luck....more info
- Should we revolt?
Do you think if enough of us post that there should be a volume two of this soundtrack that the record company might go along with it? As a previous reviewer said, this movie was ALL ABOUT the music, and it needs an extensive soundtrack! Forrest Gump had a multi-disk soundtrack and that movie wasn't ALL ABOUT the music like this one was! Maybe we can petition the company....more info
- The song...
...you're looking for, when Penny and Russell are introduced, is 'River' By Joni Mitchell. It's on her album, Blue....more info
- great doesn't even cover it...
I'll keep this short, though I could pontificate for hours on "Almost Famous".
No adjective can describe how much this film moved me. I'd seen it in the theaters four times. I don't ordinarily do things like that. That said, it has become my favorite.
The soundtrack mirrors both the previous sentiment and the time period in represents. The fact that no Beatles, Stones, or God forbid, Grateful Dead show up on the soundtrack has nothing to do with the time period, but rather what the protagonist was listening to at the time. Just dumping a bunch of "Classic Rock" tunes onto the soundtrack with little, if any, regard for the characters, plot, and general tone of the movie would be a great disservice to both film and the audience.
Watch the movie again...
This soundtrack is a must have, as is the DVD....more info
- Song playing when they talk of going to Morroco
I was wondering if anyone knows what the song is that plays twice during the movie. Once when William and Penny talk about going to Morroco, then when Penny gets on the plane in New York.
Thanks bigtime if you figure it out and tell me....more info
- excellent s/track
Excellent s/track - and the new song Fever Dog sounded like a song from the era.
I'm also wondering about the acoustic song they played when William sent Penny off at the airport. Another song that I've failed to identify is the one they played in the Cleveland concert - they started with Love Thing - then Russell played a solo to the song - and then they ended the concert with You Had to Be There. Can anyone tell me the title to the 2nd song pls? Thnks!!...more info
- to music man from CA, USA
the song is small time blues by Peter Droge hope this helps!...more info
- Where's Mona Lisa?
Great soundtrack to a great movie. The only thing that is missing is "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," the Elton John tune playing in the background when the band is in the hotel in NY. It's a great song and the lyrics are perfect for the scene....more info
- Obsure 70's Pop Culture
This soundtrack couldn't be more aptly titled. All of the tracks on this album are obscure finds lost somewhere between the cracks in 70's pop culture. Cameron Crowe, the director of Jerry McGuire and Almost Famous is known for his compliation of great songs to accompany his movies, songs that will make great moments in a movie stay in your mind and heart.
He produced this album along with fellow collaberator, Danny Bramson. Highlights of this album are many so read on... "America" by Simon and Garfunkel is trully poetic. Who else but good old Paul Simon could come up with lyrics like "I've gone to look for America", "She said the man in the Galberdine suit was a spy, I said be careful his bowtie is really a camera."
I found a Beach Boys song that actually sounds credible as a great rock ballad. It's not cheesy and it fits the mood of the movie. The synths used on this remind me of how impressive the effects on "Good Vibrations" sounded and gives me the need to dust off my dad's old Beach Boy's LP and rock out. This track is entitled "Feel Flows" and I'm greatly impressed by the Beach Boys here. They show growth and maturity as artists by getting away from their formula of being just cheesy surfers who like cars and girls named Rhonda.This song actually has substance...Wow, buy the album just to check out this song.
A young Rod Stewart is shown here on the track entitled "Every Picture Tells a Story." Rod's scratchy vocals are oddly pleasing to the ears and the hook "Every picture tells a story don't it" gets stuck in your head.
"Mr. Farmer" by The Seeds makes farming actually sound like a plesurable expierience. My favorite part in this song is where the lead singer goes " Mr. Farmer let me water your cropssss (sounds like an imiatation of a hose, very effective) farmer I wanna be just like you." It may seem weird, but it's quirky in all the right ways.
"One Way Out" by the Allman Brothers is great (It's the Allman Brothers, need I say more?) Truly blues/rock at it's best.
Skynyrd's "Simple Man" is as always poignant and beautiful and is especially effective in the movie when played during Russel Hammond's plea to William to just "make them sound cool."
Led Zeppelin's track "That's the Way"creates vivid feelings with lyrics like "And yesterday I saw you kissing tiny flowers, but all that lives is born to die. Led may be known for being the founders of heavy metal, but their senstive ballads have always been my favorite. Their lyrics just seem so true and genuine here.
"Tiny Dancer" by the great pianist Elton John is the highlight of the soundtrack. I love when Stillwater's band and bandaids sing-a-long to this song on the bus, it just so aptly fits the life story of Penny Lane.
Everytime you hear "The Wind" by Cat Stevens, you envision Kate Hudson dancing ballet on napkins after the concert
Check it out...Cameron Crowe shows the passion he has for rock still hasn't died and lives on in this great soundtrack and his touching autobiographal account in the movie....more info
- I dig music.
Oh how I wish I could have lived in this era. While my generation has produced some music that I absolutely love, I just wish I could have experienced a time when not EVERY SINGLE THING was commercialized. The perfect quote from the movie is at the end when Sapphire is talking to Russell about loving music. This movie is my all time favorite and will be forever. Music is my heart and soul, and this movie captures the feelings I get from it. I am also kind of sad that this soundtrack does not have more Zeppelin, but it is still amazing. I hope that Cameron Crowe knows how much he touched people's lives with this masterpiece of a movie. He is my favorite director, my other favorite movie being Vanilla Sky.
Enjoy this movie, and this soundtrack. Love music....more info
- Good Songs but -
I really like this collection of songs, which surprisingly contains a Led Zeppelin hit, but it doesn't have all the music from the movie. A two-disc set would have been better....more info
- almost satisfied
The music on this CD is great. I really enjoy listening to it, but it could've been better. I dont see how Tangerine and Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters can be overlooked. It doesnt make any sense. But other than that, it definately captures that era of rock 'n roll. Well worth the money.
By the way, what is the name of the song thats playing in the closing credits (after Tangerine)? I've been trying to figure that out for the last 2 hours. I know I've heard that song before, but I have no idea what it is. Thanks in advance....more info
- does anyone know the name of the song
does anyone in this world know the name of the song when penny is on the plane and william is running through the airport waving to her. it starts with like an acoustic guitar and a piano......more info
- could'a been better ........ but still.......
first of all the obvious ... once again the record company obviously loves the cash more than the music....why not do a double or triple CD? There was just so much good music in this film..... to leave out any is a travesty! Lester Bangs called it when he talked about the death of rock'nroll - the last gasp - the death rattle!...and Cameron Crowe set the stage. Yes this was music from the 70's, but what the film is really all about is the 60's. This movie, this soundtrack, is the love child of the 60's. Want to know what the 60's were like? They haven't made the movie yet. But want to know what the child of the 60's sounded like? then listen to the movie soundtrack...C Crowe has NAILED IT! These songs reach out with such honesty and innocence, that between the music, the lyrics, and the quinticentally perfect cast, we are transported back to a time that resonates with possibility. This is truly a soundtrack, and a film, about growing up just as the door was about to slam on an era. Cameron has bundled a soundtrack, just as Noah picked animals for the ark, that evokes a time when life was sweet.... i wish you coulda been there! Best of all ( led zep not withstanding) is Elton John's TINY DANCER... talk about nailin' it. Listen to the track - watch the movie..... they're wonderful! (yea, i"m 54)...more info
- missing some important ones...
The movie is fantastic and the music in the movie is really what makes Almost Famous the masterpiece that it is. However, this soundtrack leaves off some key songs that were in the film - a volume 2 could easily be produced, and would be welcome!...more info
- Great movie, awesome soundtrack.
I'm not in the habit of buying movie soundtracks, in fact I think this is my second, the first was a cassette a long time ago(Sliver?). Cameron Crowe and his wife Nancy Wilson (who is actually responsible for the movie score by the way) obviously have a very acute appreciation for music.
I'm sure that more songs could have been added but they chose what they thought was most appropriate. Personally I am not a fan of every single song but I can listen to them.
My favorite song is Elton John's Tiny Dancer because of how well it goes with what I consider to be the best scene in the movie. I noticed from some of the other reviews that I am not the only one who thinks that. Every time I hear the song now I think of that scene on the bus, as do many other folks I'm sure. It get a ball in my throat when I hear it.
The second would be Bowie's live cover of I'm Waiting for the Man originally written by Lou Reed during his years with the Velvet Underground. America by Simon & Garfunkel is probably the most effective at putting you in the period of time(brilliant choice). I'm only slightly too young to remember these guys but I now feel like I missed something after hearing the song again in the context of this movie. Feel Flows, and That's the Way are also great. As for Feel Flows I recently purchased a bunch of Beach Boys CD's. New found appreciation.
I'm not in the habit of buying DVD's either but I am going to make an exception when we finally get a Bluray disk player. For whatever reason, I can't quite put my finger on it, but this was one of my favorite movies....more info