Editors’ Notes Music plays a crucial role in Marvel’s film Guardians of the Galaxy. Its ‘70s songs are a key link to a character’s past, while composer Tyler Bates says his orchestral soundtrack serves “not only to be propulsive in the action sequences and to set up some of the comedic moments, but really to underscore the emotional depth of the characters. They’ve all survived some terrible tragedy in their life, and they try to suppress the rawness of those emotions in the scope of who they try to be.” Director James Gunn sought Bates’ input on the project from day one, with many scenes then filmed to the composer’s pre-scored music. Tracks were recorded at the fabled Abbey Road Studios with members of the London Philharmonic; Tyler says his music team toiled 100 hours a week for four months. “At least half the cues in the movie have more than 500 tracks of audio,” he says of the intricately layered mix. “It was paramount to me to make sure that the score was what [director Gunn] had dreamt it would be—like a space rock opera.”

SONG
Morag
1
1:58
 
The Final Battle Begins
2
4:21
 
Plasma Ball
3
1:18
 
Quill's Big Retreat
4
1:38
 
To the Stars
5
2:52
 
Ronan's Theme
6
2:24
 
Everyone's an Idiot
7
1:26
 
What a Bunch of a-Holes
8
2:14
 
Busted
9
1:34
 
The New Meat
10
0:36
 
The Destroyer
11
1:27
 
Sanctuary
12
2:26
 
The Kyln Escape
13
7:23
 
Don't Mess With My Walkman
14
0:44
 
The Great Companion
15
0:51
 
The Road to Knowhere
16
0:37
 
The Collector
17
3:20
 
Ronan's Arrival
18
0:56
 
The Pod Chase
19
3:56
 
Sacrifice
20
3:20
 
We All Got Dead People
21
1:46
 
The Ballad of the Nova Corps. (Instrumental)
22
1:48
 
Groot Spores
23
1:11
 
Guardians United
24
2:46
 
The Big Blast
25
3:05
 
Groot Cocoon
26
2:29
 
Black Tears
27
2:43
 
Citizens Unite
28
1:15
 
A Nova Upgrade
29
2:10
 

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