"Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2" Once Again Brings Back the 70's (With a Little Bit of 60's)

by VVN Music

When American Graffiti was released in 1973, the soundtrack album became a major hit, eventually selling over three-million copies.

Unlike most soundtracks of the day, this one didn't include orchestral background music. It was two-discs of classic songs from the late-50's and early-60's from Bill Haley and the Comet's Rock Around the Clock to the Beach Boys' All Summer Long. It also started a full-on revival of music from those years.

On July 29, 2014, the soundtrack album Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 was released, going straight to number 1. That album, like American Graffiti, gathered up music from an earlier decade, the 70's. From the "ooga-chucka" of Blue Suede's Hooked on a Feeling to the Runaways rocking out on Cherry Bomb, the album had eleven prime tracks that were sure to take those who grew up during the decade back to an earlier time, plus one slightly out-of-place track from the 60's (Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell).

For almost three years, that album has rarely left the charts and is due for a big comeback as the second volume of the Guardians of the Galaxy series is released on May 4 and, like the first film, there's also a new volume of 70's classics with, this time, two 60's track added.

This time around, we get ELO, Sweet, Fleetwood Mac, Glen Campbell, George Harrison, Looking Glass, Silver, Cheap Trick, Cat Stevens and Parliament with a rarity from Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah and 60's goodness from Sam Cooke and Jay and the Americans. There's also a new original, Guardian's Inferno, which director James Gunn wrote with composer Tyler Bates and includes a performance by David Hasselhoff.

The rarity is Lake Shore Drive by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah, a record that is special for Gunn in that it was a regional hit around the Chicago area when he was growing up. He told Rolling Stone "it is truly one of the catchiest songs ever written, and I knew that there were a thousand places that I could've used it easily in Guardians because it's so easy to fit into the movie."

There is also one lesser known song that Gunn admits he had never heard before, Silver's Wham Bang Shang-a-Lang. Out in 1976, the song has an uptempo pop feel that fit the era perfectly but only made it to number 16 on the Hot 100.

The track list for Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2:
  • Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
  • Fox on the Run - Sweet
  • Lake Shore Drive - Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah 
  • The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
  • Bring It On Home to Me - Sam Cooke
  • Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
  • My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
  • Brandy, You're a Fine Girl - Looking Glass
  • Come a Little Bit Closer - Jay and the Americans
  • Wham Bang Shang-a-Lang - Silver
  • Surrender - Cheap Trick
  • Father and Son - Yusuf / Cat Stevens
  • Flashlight - Parliament
  • Guardians Inferno - The Sneepers Featuring David Hasselhoff

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