Various, Almost Famous (DreamWorks): I hate oldies tours by the likes of the Rolling Stones and the Who (come on guys, either make some new music that matters, or forget about it). I'm adamantly anti-nostalgia. I should be making fun of this album of music heard in Cameron Crowe's excellent film "Almost Famous," not praising it. But I can't help myself. The songs collected here — Thunderclap Newman's "Something In the Air," Todd Rundgren's "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference," The Beach Boys' "Feel Flows," The Seeds' "Mr. Farmer," even Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" — are true classics. The proof is that over a quarter-century after they were recorded, they stand up. If Crowe's movie-making career ever heads south (not likely), he can always get into the compilation biz. — Michael Goldberg

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