Soundtrack (Film)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1


5.0
classic

Review

by Scott M. Baldwin USER (91 Reviews)
August 5th, 2014 | 29 replies


Release Date: 07/29/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Music to fly your spaceship around and steal ancient interstellar artifacts to.

There's no doubting that Guardians of the Galaxy is the first truly fun movie you'll see all summer. In a summer where the truly fantastic movies' themes have been the daddy issues and nuclear nightmares of gigantic radioactive dinosaurs, and xenophobia in an planet where humans and apes struggle to coexist, halfway through the summer comes the first film that has been the total escape of the year. Sure, it isn't a perfect movie- there are some issues with pacing, and the villains' dialogue is a tad corny, and some underdeveloped character relationships, but none of that matters when you're having so much fun and reveling in the action, clever dialogue, amazing visuals and in general, the nostalgia that the themes conjure up such as elements of Star Wars, Indiana Jones and even The Avengers. But one thing that is perfect? Its soundtrack. I say without exaggeration that you will walk out with several of its 1970s retro gold tracks in your head. And since I've picked up the soundtrack CD on Friday, I haven't been able to stop listening to it since- it's been on my iPad, my phone, on the way to work during dinner, etc. And I can say that one listen is enough to get this effect going.

Mix tapes play a big part of the film's themes. The protagonist, Peter "Starlord" Quill, has a Walkman he keeps on him as he goes around and steals ancient artifacts from far-off planets- something he's had since he was a kid, and a tape deck on his spaceship. He has his "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" he has had since childhood, and its music, in addition to Tyler Bates' incidental music, is what makes up the heart of the film. And on its own, it's just as great, if maybe even better. The entire album is 12 1970s hits, some you can sing along to by heart, some you forgot even existed, and others you may have never even heard. And it works- the soundtrack isn't just nostalgia for nostalgia's sake. It's music that people of all walks of life will love- in fact, when's the last time you can say you've played tracks like "Hooked on a Feeling" or "Come and Get Your Love" at full blast? That's why the soundtrack works- it's an eclectic mix of classics that's suited for any occasion whatsoever.

In a nice touch, the executive soundtrack producers (director James Gunn, Exec. producer Kevin Feige and Dave Jordan) have re-mastered the tracks in a way to make the tracks sound as if they're being played through an old tape deck, to keep the feel of the tracks. In addition, the track selection is nothing short of perfect. If this were any other film, tracks such as "I Want You Back" or "O-o-h Child" being on the soundtrack would come off as passé, but here, it makes perfect sense, given the film's themes and nostalgic feel. Starting off the tracklist on an energetic note with Blue Swede's cover of "Hooked on a Feeling" and ending with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", the tracklist is consistent- a rollercoaster of high energy uptempo rockers ("Cherry Bomb", "Spirit in the Sky"), smooth ballads to even things out ("Fooled Around and Fell in Love", "I'm Not in Love"), and funky pop classics ("I Want You Back", "Come and Get My Love"). Every track on the disc is perfectly placed, and not once does the energy come to a stop. In the context of the film, they work equally as fantastic- watching our heroes get ready for war to the sounds of "Cherry Bomb", watching Quill get down and boogie to "Come and Get My Love" over the opening credits, watching Quill fly his way back to his ship in his battle gear to the funky sounds of "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)". What's not to love?

In short, this soundtrack is for everyone. The older crowd will love having a collection of hits to remind them of the good old days of the seventies, the younger crowd can use this to put themselves in their dad's shoes and remember what it was like to be a teenager and be groovin' to tunes like "Hooked on a Feeling" and "Spirit in the Sky". As of writing, this album is currently the highest selling soundtrack of the year, and it's hardly a surprise to me- both in the sense that it's just so fucking good, and in the sense that the day I bought it, I had to go to three stores just to get it. So, by all means, buy this album. Get out your red leather coat, protective helmet and hook your mini Jetpack to your shoes, rev up your spaceship, fly around and dance around in the vast deserts of interstellar planets to these songs. Go join a group of heroes that includes a bitter and cynical raccoon, a walking tree, an angsty alien and a green warrior woman. Play these songs just to annoy them. Whatever the case, this is an absolute must-buy.



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TheMoonchild
August 4th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

UGA CHAKA UGA UGA!

Dare I say it, that song has been in my head for days!

Supercoolguy64
August 4th 2014


1971 Comments


What's with you and super hero movie soundtracks?
Also, good review

Digging: Archers of Loaf - Icky Mettle

TheMoonchild
August 4th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I suppose you haven't noticed the fact that I am a huge nerd :B my profile pic says it all haha.

As for the soundtracks, I blame it on The Dark knight. That movie was what made me notice soundtracks really. I remember sitting in the IMAX cinema being blown away by the whole package- dark and sinister tone of the film, acting, cinematography, and the disturbing and intense soundtrack. I bought the CD a week later... and the first track was 9 minutes of audio speaker abuse. The good kind, of course.

Supercoolguy64
August 4th 2014


1971 Comments


cool, man

VaxXi
August 4th 2014


581 Comments


A marvel soundtrack compilation that is good?

I never thought I would see the day after their two shitty pop compilations and their shitty hard rock compilation.

TheMoonchild
August 4th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Believe it. James Gunn is a genius when it comes to picking soundtracks. Remember Slither?

zaruyache
August 4th 2014


6880 Comments


Soundtrack was fantastic in the context of the movie. Movie was fantastic on its own and the soundtrack really played a part in the tone and made it even better.

Digging: Ardour Loom - Demo

TheMoonchild
August 4th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well said. However, I must say listening to the soundtrack on its own made me appreciate the film even more.

TheMoonchild
August 4th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also I nearly fell over I my chair when Quill grabbed the rat and used it as a microphone during the opening credits. Too funny!

Skull917
August 5th 2014


666 Comments


who paid you to do that?

TheMoonchild
August 5th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Your mum did.

Skull917
August 5th 2014


666 Comments


figures..

TheMoonchild
August 5th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And she wants me to tell you she's VERY disappointed in you

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 5th 2014


50553 Comments


best movie ever

TalonsOfFire
August 5th 2014


8190 Comments


Just saw it at the drive-in(!), great visual style and very funny

Digging: Stella Luna - Stargazer

TheMoonchild
August 5th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've no doubt it would be a great drivein movie. I saw it in IMAX and loved it, I'll admit it wasn't the 5/5 I expected but that didn't matter cause it was an arseload of fun.

SourAK
August 5th 2014


1630 Comments


is this actually good cuz it looks like a kids movie

TheMoonchild
August 5th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There's a joke about jerking off all over poster and not being able to see it under a black light. There's a hint ;)

sapient
August 5th 2014


2102 Comments


I am Groot

Digging: The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

TheMoonchild
August 5th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"I'm pretty sure his response will be 'I am Groot'"



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