Cameron Crowe Adores Recording ‘Almost Famous’ Cast Album

Cameron Crowe Adores Recording ‘Almost Famous’ Cast Album

‘ “It’s like going back in time to the roots of my love for music and my love for records,” Crowe said.

Cameron Crowe

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Cameron Crowe believes that the spirit of a place can linger long after the moment is over. That’s what makes recording the Broadway Almost Famous cast album at New York’s iconic Power Station studio so special for him.



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“It’s like going back to the roots of why I love music and what I love about records,” Crowe told The Associated Press during a break in the recording session.

Crowe was a producer alongside Scott M. Riesett and Tom Kitt. Crowe described the process as “utterly authentic” as Crowe directed the cast, chorus, and band in multiple studios on multiple levels.

“I believe that the spirits of a house, the spirit of what has happened in a room, stay. You can visit the house you once lived in. Crowe stated that you can feel what happened when you lived there.

Some of the most prominent rock and pop albums were recorded at the legendary studio, including Bruce Springsteen’s The River, David Bowie’s Scary Monsters and Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones.

Crowe stands against the soundboard and proudly displays that pride as he tells his story through music. More than another project, Almost Famous was a deeply personal coming-of-age-story for Crowe when he wrote and directed the 2000 film, loosely based on his experiences as a teenage music journalist.

“It was the movie we got to make because Jerry Maguire did really well. That is the power of music .”


Crowe was able to make the stage version more than just a cinematic love letter for rock ‘n roll with the additions of original songs. Crowe was able to tell a more personal tale with the help of those songs.

“I thought, if you are going to do something theatrical, for the stage then maybe it’s a personal story that’s filled music that could make people feel the same kind of elixir as the movie. Crowe stated that this was always our goal.

Crowe sat next to Kitt for a final pass at “Something Real”, one of the songs written for the stage version. This song pays homage to Deep Purple’s “Highway Star.”

Next was a cover version of “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin. It was interesting to note that the old song blended well with the new songs, creating a blend of classic rock and show tunes. Crowe credits Kitt for finding the “sweet spot” between these two genres.

He said, “Tom knows what the songs of that day felt like.” “He’ll write a song that feels like it could have been on Madman Across the Water,” the Elton John album.

The admiration is mutual. Kitt credits Crowe with introducing him to music of that era during another recording break.

Kitt stated that Cameron is a “walking encyclopedia” when it comes to music. Kitt stated, “So, I was looking forward to just learning from him as well as hearing new songs and tonalities which were going to inform my work.”

Released by Sony Masterworks Broadway, the cast recording of Almost Famous will be available for digital purchase and streaming along with physical releases on CD and vinyl March 17. For now, the show can be seen at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre in New York.

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