Marvel has unveiled the official song list for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s Awesome Mixtape. As excited fans are to see the actual movie when it finally comes out in a couple of weeks, the soundtrack was the subject of much anticipation as well. One of the many reasons why the original film resonated with audiences back in 2014 was the catchy collection of retro pop songs that gave both the trailers and the final product a unique flavor, making it stand out amongst the crowd. The album even peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts following Guardians‘ box office success, illustrating audiences were very much hooked on a feeling.
Viewers have gotten a taste of what to expect this time around through the Vol. 2 trailers and TV spots, which have made stellar use of Sweet’s “Fox on the Run” and “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac. Now, music aficionados curious to see what Star-Lord’s mother put together for the sequel can see the full compilation for themselves.
The Marvel UK & Ireland Twitter page posted promotional artwork for the soundtrack featuring Baby Groot. The poster includes a set list of the 14 tunes that moviegoers will be rocking out to all summer long. It will be available for download on Friday, April 21 (American listeners get it a week later) Check it out below:
James Gunn had previously mentioned that not all the songs featured in advertising would be on the mixtape, and that holds true here. A TV spot for Vol. 2 made use of David Bowie’s “Suffragette City,” but that tune is absent from the soundtrack. The Bowie tune “Moonage Daydream” was part of the first Awesome Mix, so odds are the creative team wanted to shine a light on some other artists this time around, allowing the album to be a diverse blend of well-known hits and deeper cuts from a variety of musicians. It’s safe to say that Star-Lord’s mom has an excellent taste in music, and this will make for a fun listen regardless of how one feels about the film itself. Fortunately, Vol. 2 sounds like another stellar Marvel movie, so fans have plenty to enjoy.
It will be interesting to see how each song factors into the movie. Some could be on the soundtrack only (much like “Spirit in the Sky was for the first one), while others will certainly underscore themes that add emotion to certain scenes. The inclusion of “Father and Son” is fitting in that respect, given Star-Lord’s emotional journey. Interestingly enough, the closing number, titled “Guardians Inferno” is an original song written for the film with lyrics by Gunn and composer Tyler Bates, so audiences will be very curious to hear what they came up with. Gunn, apparently, is a man of many talents.
Source: Marvel UK & Ireland