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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.


Christmas In The Stars

Bells, Bells, Bells

The Odds Against Christmas

What Can You Get A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?)

R2D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas (with Jon Bon Jovi)

Sleigh Ride

Merry, Merry Christmas

A Christmas Sighting (’Twas The Night  Before Christmas)

The Meaning Of Christmas

A CBS Special Presentation

Commercial Bumper 1

Holographic Circus Tumblers

Delayed Arrival

Trading Post

A Pocket-Sized Aquarium

Imperials Over Kashyyyk - Vader's Orders

Malla's Kitchen

Bantha Surprise - Tie Fighter Attack

Away For Too Long - Gifts From The Trader

Itchy’s Mind Evaporator


Journey to Kashyyyk Part 1 and  2

Saun Dann - Stand Guard

Commercial Bumper 2

The Inspector Parts 1 and 2

The Music Box

JEFFERSON STARSHIP - Light the Sky On Fire

BOBA FETT SHORT - A Collision Course

BOBA FETT SHORT - Luke Takes Flight

BOBA FETT SHORT - Crash Landing

BOBA FETT SHORT - Into the City

BOBA FETT SHORT - A Wookiee In Peril

BOBA FETT SHORT - Fett's Escape

BOBA FETT SHORT - Vader and the Bounty Hunter

Ransacking the Dwelling

Clean Up Your Room

Bantha's Funeral and Lumpy's Idea

The Mini-Transmitter

Cantina Rabble

BEA ARTHUR - Goodnight, But Not Goodbye

A Knock At The Door

Saun Dann's Departure and Life Day

CARRIE FISHER - A Day To Celebrate

Chewie's Memories

Life Day Feast

End Credits

Star Wars Holiday Special + Christmas In The Stars (1978-1980) Digital Download

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