29 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

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.”

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.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
180 Ratings
180 Ratings
porourke ,

This is a Score, not a Soundtrack

People giving this poor reviews and complaining this doesn’t have the 80’s songs in it need to learn the difference between film score and film soundtrack/album.

Tyler Bates’ SCORE (as in what this is labeled as on iTunes and in the title) is great! I highly enjoyed it. Now stop your complaining and go buy Awesome Mix - Vol. 1, the SOUNDTRACK.

AdamChoate ,

Guardians Original Score is GREAT & EMOTIONAL

I love it, the score is fantastic! It has an epic theme and very emotional tunes, this blends well with the 70/80s music in the soundtrack. Cannot wait to see this movie! Congrats Tyler Bates on another great music achievement & thanks to James Gunn & everybody at Marvel! Guardians hits theaters soon!

Tromaboy2002 ,

Tyler Bates best work!

Tyler Bates has always been touch and go for me. Being a part of the more recent crop of composers that fall back on electronic glitches and drum loops to add texture to orchestral scores. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not, in this case it works. The score for Guardians of the Galaxy is a great listen start to finish, it has a fantastic flow from track to track and nothing really feels out of place. I am still not sold on the need for loops in orchestral pieces but it all works fine here. I would definitely recomend this score for purchase.

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