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According to Lucasfilm historian and former employee Pete Vilmur, Christmas In The Stars came together very quickly.  A September 18, 1980 internal Lucasfilm memo lists potential concepts for the album and nine days later, Anthony Daniels flew in from London to record his lines as C-3PO at the Power Station studio in New Jersey. According to early memos, Yoda was supposed to make an appearance but Frank Oz could not participate, so the album eventually settled on Santa’s son, “S. Claus,” to fill  the role (with revised dialogue). There also appears to have been at least two songs cut from the line-up: “The First Time Any Droid Ever Saw Snow” and “Help You, I Will” (which was probably written for Yoda) and as many as nine unreleased, additional tracks are speculated to have been recorded. The album and its first single “What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?)” were released in the US and Canada on November 14, 1980.  According to Billboard, the album peaked at #61 in December, 1980 and remained on the charts for six weeks. Christmas In The Stars received a brief, second wind in Japan in 1990 when a CD single of “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas”  promoting Jon Bon Jovi (or rather “John Bongiovi”) was released.  A little-known re-release of Christmas In The Stars was issued by MECO on CD and cassette in 1994, but lacked the original album’s iconic Ralph McQuarrie artwork, instead featuring a generic holiday cover and abbreviated title. A third reissue occurred on CD in 2016  featuring the original artwork.   All versions are currently out-of-print.

 

There was no soundtrack ever produced or created for the so-bad-it’s-good, Star Wars Holiday Special.  All audio tracks here (minus the Jefferson Starship song) were obtained from source material available from the original, one-time-only broadcast from November 17, 1978.

 

  1. Christmas In The Stars
  2. Bells, Bells, Bells
  3. The Odds Against Christmas
  4. What Can You Get A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?)
  5. R2D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas (with Jon Bon Jovi)
  6. Sleigh Ride
  7. Merry, Merry Christmas
  8. A Christmas Sighting (’Twas The Night  Before Christmas)
  9. The Meaning Of Christmas
  10. A CBS Special Presentation
  11. Commercial Bumper 1
  12. Holographic Circus Tumblers
  13. Delayed Arrival
  14. Trading Post
  15. A Pocket-Sized Aquarium
  16. Imperials Over Kashyyyk - Vader's Orders
  17. Malla's Kitchen
  18. Bantha Surprise - Tie Fighter Attack
  19. Away For Too Long - Gifts From The Trader
  20. Itchy’s Mind Evaporator
  21. DIAHANN CARROLL - This Minute Now
  22. Journey to Kashyyyk Part 1 and  2
  23. Saun Dann - Stand Guard
  24. Commercial Bumper 2
  25. The Inspector Parts 1 and 2
  26. The Music Box
  27. JEFFERSON STARSHIP - Light the Sky On Fire
  28. BOBA FETT SHORT - A Collision Course
  29. BOBA FETT SHORT - Luke Takes Flight
  30. BOBA FETT SHORT - Crash Landing
  31. BOBA FETT SHORT - Into the City
  32. BOBA FETT SHORT - A Wookiee In Peril
  33. BOBA FETT SHORT - Fett's Escape
  34. BOBA FETT SHORT - Vader and the Bounty Hunter
  35. Ransacking the Dwelling
  36. Clean Up Your Room
  37. Bantha's Funeral and Lumpy's Idea
  38. The Mini-Transmitter
  39. Cantina Rabble
  40. BEA ARTHUR - Goodnight, But Not Goodbye
  41. A Knock At The Door
  42. Saun Dann's Departure and Life Day
  43. CARRIE FISHER - A Day To Celebrate
  44. Chewie's Memories
  45. Life Day Feast
  46. End Credits

Star Wars Holiday Special + Christmas In The Stars (1978-1980) CD Soundtracks

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