While just about every Star Wars fan knows about Meco and his classic Music Inspired by Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk album, most are unaware that he produced this holiday-themed Star Wars album after writing directly to George Lucas for permission to do so. Apparently, Lucas did not feel disillusioned enough following The Star Wars Holiday Special and gave the project the go ahead.
What resulted is exactly what you’d expect; a bunch of super-sugary sweet Christams-y songs that refer to elements of the Star Wars universe. For the most part, it’s the droids that get the attention, as Anthony Daniels as C-2PO and the sounds of R2-D2 introduce all the songs and Daniels sings (or speaks) a few himself.
The only original song that really stands out and deserves any kind of long-term re-play is “What Can You Get A Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)?”, which fulfills all the promise that preposterous title indicates. The rest are worth a chuckle or two, but mostly produce groans from all but the youngest Star Wars fans. The non-original tracks (“Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Sighting”) work better, as they are solid novelty versions of classic well-worn material.
I should make note of this album’s other claim to fame: the fact that it features the first recorded material by Jon Bon Jovi. Credited under his birth name, John Bongiovi, he sings lead on “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry
Christmas” four years before Bon Jovi’s debut album. He’s virtually unrecognizable, not only because he was younger, but his voice is slightly altered (as all the voices are – to sound like elves, I guess). Still, if you’re a fan, you should get ahold of this little piece of Bon Jovi history.
Ultimately, Christmas In The Stars proves to be less than it could have been. It is neither a timeless work (like Meco’s Galactic Funk) nor a monumental, so-bad-it’s-fantastic disaster like the Holiday Special. It’s a wacky novelty album that kids will love and adults can chuckle over. Star Wars fans will want it for completeness, but playing it at Christmastime is a tradition more likely to be honored in the breach than in the observance.
- Christmas In The Stars (3:17)
- Bells, Bells, Bells (3:15)
- The Odds Against Christmas (3:04)
- What Can You Get A Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb)? (3:24)
- R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas (3:16)
- Sleigh Ride (3:36)
- Merry, Merry Christmas (2:09)
- A Christmas Sighting (‘Twas The Night Before…) (3:43)
- The Meaning Of Christmas (8:08)
Released by: RSO
Release date: 1980
Total running time: 33:52