Starlord’s entire Awesome Mix Volume 1

The hit film Guardians of the Galaxy is great for so many reasons, but one of the biggest pleasures was the soundtrack. During filming, actor Chris Pratt listened to specially selected mix songs from the 70’s to get him in character. Up until recently only some of those songs were available.

But with this update from director James Gunn (via Facebook), the Awesome Mix is even longer (and awesome-r):

guardians-of-the-galaxy-imax-posterFor the first time, the ENTIRE AWESOME MIX VOLUME 1 (click to stream)

In honor of this new Facebook like page, I thought I’d give you what many of you have been asking for for so long. When Chris Pratt and I started working together on Guardians of the Galaxy, I gave him a mixed tape (okay, I admit, a mixed CD) of Awesome Mix Volume 1, that he could listen to endlessly, so he’d know it backwards and forwards, just as Quill knew the tape his mom gave him. As I’ve mentioned in the past, it contained a few songs that were not on the eventual soundtrack. Here is that original list – the newer songs have a * –

I’m Not in Love – 10cc
Come and Get Your Love – Redbone
Go All the Way – Raspberries (band)
*Never Been to Spain – Three Dog Night
Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
*Magic – Pilot (band)
The Pina Colada Song – Rupert Holmes
*Livin’ Thing – Electric Light Orchestra
Moonage Daydream – David Bowie (Official)
Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Elvin Bishop
*Fox on the Run – The Sweet
Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
O-O-H Child – Five Stairsteps
*Surrender – Cheap Trick

Some of these songs were in the first cut of the movie – the mean blue guard danced through the prison listening to Magic on Quill’s headphones, and Livin Thing featured in a montage in the Milano after the gang left the prison. We shot Quill singing “Never Been to Spain” at the Nova guards in an aggressive manner when he was having his mug shot taken, but the winding-up-the-finger gag worked better, so it never made the cut. The rest were never really in, but I thought this would give you a good idea of the complete Awesome Mix to which young Peter Quill might have lived his life.

Also, in all honesty, Moonage Daydream wasn’t on the original tape – I added it in post-production – but I thought I’d leave it on the list to keep things simple.

As you can see, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and I Want You Back are not on this list as they were technically a part of Awesome Mix Volume 2. I didn’t want Chris to be familiar with those songs.

Finally, if you like these new tracks, go download them from iTunes in honor of the great bands who helped inspire the film.

(Apologies to regular readers as real life has gotten very busy, preventing regular updates. I may try something different next week so stay tuned).

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