As many musicians and celebrities have shared specially curated playlists to help people break through the boredom of quarantine, James Gunn, the director behind the beloved Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise has shared a 64-song playlist of fantastic tracks that ultimately didn’t make it into the Marvel movie franchise.
Gunn, who’s currently slated to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, shared the Spotify playlist on his socials earlier this week, that’s credited to the fictional character Meredith Quill (the late mother of Chris Pratt’s Star Lord).
“Today I added Meredith Quill’s Complete Awesome Mix to my Spotify account for you to enjoy,” Gunn wrote. “This is part of the list of songs Meredith Quill loved that I chose the songs for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol’s 1 and 2 soundtracks from.”
He continued: “Some of these songs almost made it into the movie (‘She’s Gone’) and others I always wanted to use but could never find the right place for them. Whatever the case, I never intended on sharing these songs, as I might use them in future movies. But I think the need for all of us to have some joyousness in these difficult times outweighs all that.”
Part of the master list of Meredith Quill’s favorite songs I considered for the soundtracks of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol’s 1 & 2. I’m not promising I won’t use these in future films, but we could all use some joyousness during our time in quarantine. ❤️ https://t.co/ofiKPXqGN4
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 20, 2020
As fans of the franchise know, the Guardians of The Galaxy soundtracks are a treasure trove of musical gems from the 60s and 70s, introducing many of these classics to a new generation of fans.
This playlist of unused cuts includes everything from ‘The Ballad of El Goodo’ by Big Star, to ‘Mama Told Me (Not To Come)’ by Three Dog Night, Barry White’s ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More’ and ‘Spaceball Ricochet’ by T. Rex.
There’s also plenty of Stevie Wonder – ‘Sir Duke’ and ‘Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing’ – and KISS cuts – ‘Hard Luck Woman’ and Ace Freeley’s ‘New York Groove’.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) became the fifth best-selling album of 2014, selling a total of 898,000 copies that year. In January 2015, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA and it has sold 1.75 million total copies in the US alone, with 11,000 coming from cassette sales.
While the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), debuted at No.8 on the Billboard 200 chart and later peaked at No.4. It finished 2017 as the country’s eighth highest-selling album and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. It was also the best-selling album on cassette tape in the United States in 2017, selling over 19,000 copies.
Listen to the full playlist on Spotify and view the tracklist below.