Guardians of the Galaxy is 2014's highest grossing film in the U.S. and Canada, with $328 million earned at the box office through Oct. 19 (according to Box Office Mojo). The album's songs play an important part in the blockbuster film: They are on a mix tape in the main character's Walkman, which was given to him by his late mother. The set's music is heard throughout the film and the tape itself has a prominent role in the movie's story.
The limited edition Guardians cassette (released through Marvel Music/Hollywood Records, a division of Disney Music Group) is exclusive to the community of independent retailers associated with Record Store Day, through Dec. 31. Each cassette will come with a digital download version of the album. It will be the first music cassette released by Disney since 2003. Disney has not announced how many copies of the Guardians cassette will be released.
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The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart earlier this year, and is the tenth largest selling album of 2014 (543,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
The cassette bows shortly before the Guardians of the Galaxy film is released on DVD and Blu-ray on Dec. 9.
(This story was updated on Oct. 21 to correct the cassette's release date from Nov. 17 to Nov. 28.)
Check out the cassette's official artwork, below: