Dreamworks – 2001 – 70 minutes

'Almost Famous', an idealistic film about a young music journalist who gets to go on the road with his favourite band during the 70s, is flawlessly complemented by its soundtrack. Refreshingly free from what many commercial radio stations would have us believe is 'classic rock' it steers an always interesting route through the music of its time. Opening with Simon and Garfunkel's sweetly-voiced harmonies on 'America', it moves from the Beach Boys to the Allman Brothers Band, Elton John to David Bowie's cover of Lou Reed's I'm Waiting For the Man, even including a song from Stillwater, the fictitious band in the film. Ending with the Pete Townsend-penned 'Something In The Air', it's the perfect companion to the almost perfect film.

Caroline Hennessy

Tracklisting: America (Simon & Garfunkel) - Sparks (The Who) - It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference (Todd Rundgren) - I've Seen All Good People: Your Move (Yes) - Feel Flows (The Beach Boys) - Fever Dog (Stillwater) - Every Picture Tells A Story (Rod Stewart) - Mr. Farmer (The Seeds) - One Way Out (Allman Brothers Band) - Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - That's The Way (Led Zeppelin) - Tiny Dancer (Elton John) - Lucky Trumble (Nancy Wilson) - I'm Waiting For The Man (David Bowie) - The Wind (Cat Stevens) - Slip Away (Clarence Carter) - Something In The Air (Thunderclap Newman)