James Gunn, Kevin Feige and Dave Jordon produced this Awesome Mix of circa 1967-79 tracks covering Soul, Soft Rock, Punk Rock, Pop Rock, Blues and Glam Rock for Hollywood Marvel Music Label. It managed to be the first Soundtrack in history that reached top figures in charts with previously released tracks.
The tracks are meticulously chosen to evoke the feelings require over the storyline, and the soundtrack was complemented by a score composed by Tyler Bates. See Wikipedia for the details-they’re very cute and I’m quite fond of them-especially for Groot-I like Groot.
The story line based on fictional superheroes in Marvel Comics grouped together by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning-comic book writers-and various other collaborations-of which more can be found about in Wikipedia and other sources.
Peter Quill-Star Lord-played by the lovely Chris Pratt-has lost his mother to an illness which isn’t mentioned in the film, but appears to be cancer. The kid is understandably in shock/grieving-and has her last present to him in his backpack, which he has on as he runs from the hospital and is picked up by what I can only think of a Space Pirates-comic book aficionados please correct me here. I did really enjoy the film and my husband kindly purchased the Awesome Soundtrack for me. :-)
“Oooga Shakka Oooga Shakka”! What a fantastic track to begin this with! I mean-wow! A really daft number but boy is it effective. Totally works for the film-and you get this lovely sense of how much the lad’s mother wanted to show him her favourite tracks, that this was a tradition for them, important to him, and a real sense of her personality-although all you see of her in the film is of someone who is very ill. The end, rather than the beginning of her story, but the beginning of his Yes Thanks Disney-not many things make me weepy-but this is one hell of a creation. And, if you’re as old as me, some of these tracks will have been in the background of your childhood too.
We bounce from Blues Swede’s ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ to the Raspberries ‘Go all the way’, another upbeat number very evocative of the grown up Star Lords personality in the film. ‘Spirit in the sky’ by Norman Greenbaum follows and it’s a funky kick in the gut, when you think it had been given by his mother who was terminally ill. Sniff. But with the producer’s idea of her quirky and upbeat personality, which has obviously rubbed on the portrayal of Sky Lord. If you know what I mean. I get a bit lost with this because its, well, it’s like the presents of mix tapes we all got from loved ones isn’t it, the tape from a family member or a boyfriend/girlfriend, and it kind of sucks you in to the spirit of the film, which is of course fictional. Ahem. Yes.
And who doesn’t love Bowie, seriously, how amazing is this guy! Of course one of his tracks go into this-although I think, from various sources, it appears to be a second choice-how very dare! Glad they did-‘Moonage Daydream’ is fantastic, although yes I am biased, but yeah-it works.
Some love songs, because of course, what’s a science fiction movie without the ridiculously good looking and unrealistically proportioned love interest. Although ‘Fooled around and Fell in Love’ by Elvin Bishop and ‘I’m Not in Love’ by 1 OCC aren’t you’re usual love songs, and this is a good match for the film, not your average science fiction, and one of the best of Marvel adaptions so far I reckon.
The love song theme continues ‘I want you back’ Jackson 5, ‘Come and Get Your Love’ Redbone, ‘Cherry Bomb’ by The Runaways and ‘escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. All quirky and not the usual sloppy pick.
It finishes up with ‘o-o-h Child’ by The Five Stairsteps’ and ‘Ain’t no Mountain High Enough,’ Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, a nice finisher for the film and for a tape from mother to son. Very effective, very emotional if you take it in with the storyline as well as the original intentions by the musicians themselves.
Taken separately they’re an unusual bunch of songs, and definitely, with exception of Bowie and Marvin Gaye, not something I’d generally choose to listen too, but together, they’re just great, silly, sad, rocking, eccentric and sweet.
8 out of 10 - Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart
Top Track - Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
Top Track - Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
Here is a link to the Spotify playlist of the album - on it is a link to where you can create your own awesome mix!