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There has been a lot of talk over the past week about the soundtrack from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy.  All the songs come from the 70’s and feature on two mixtapes ( Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) owned by the character Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).  There are a few questions being asked: how has the tape survived being played over and over for 20 years? Where does he get his walkman batteries from? how has a 1980’s Walkman (particularly  the headphones) lasted all this time?  Probaly best not to think about it!  This isn’t the first time a film not set in the 70’s has had a great 70’s soundtrack, the music from Reservoir Dogs (1992) comes from a radio station “K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the Seventies”.  Interestingly both films feature “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede.awesome-mixtape-1-guardians-of-the-galaxy-soundtrack-104187

I decided to list my own 70’s mixtape.  I set a few parameters: It has to fit on a 90 minute tape (45 minutes on each side, check the length, they do fit).  I have to own all the songs so could actually make the tape (if I still had a cassette recorder). One song per artist (I have very nearly stuck to this).

I threw this together by listening to the records and picking the ones that I felt fit together, it isn’t a definitive list of the best or my favourite records of the time.  Every time I hear a 70’s song for the next week I will be kicking myself for not including it!peter quills walkman

Side One

  • Joni Mitchell -California
  • Derek and the Dominos – Layla
  • The Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice
  • Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
  • Stevie Wonder – Living for the City
  • Janis Joplin – Me & Bobby McGee
  • Blind Faith – Had To Cry Today
  •  Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion

Side Two

  • The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
  • The Doors – L.A. Woman
  • Bob Dylan – Idiot Wind
  • Patti Smith – Because The Night
  • The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
  • AC/DC – Highway To Hell
  • The Clash – London Calling
  • The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

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