MECO - CHRISTMAS IN THE STARS: STAR WARS CHRISTMAS ALBUM (1980)
Dominick J. Monardo
Arranged By - Harold Wheeler , Meco Monardo
Backing Vocals - Annette Saunders , Arlene Martell , Bill Marine , Fred Stark , Janet Burnham , Lennie Roberts , Marlene VerPlanck , Phil McAlpine , Rod McBrien , Ron Marshall And The Bridgewater Raritan High School West
Advanced Choir Bass - Jay Leonhart /Cello - Avron Coleman , Homer Mensch , Jesse Levy , John Beal , Seymour Barab /Drums - Alan Schwartzberg* , Jimmy Young
Engineer - Clay Hutchinson , Jason Corsaro , Piers Plaskett , Scott Litt /French Horn - Jim Buffington , John Clark , Peter Gordon /Guitar - Don Arnone /Harp - Margaret Ross /Keyboards - Derek Smith , Harold Wheeler , Pat Rebillot/
Lead Vocals - C-3PO , John Bongiovi* , Maury Yeston , Rod McBrien
Mastered By - Greg Calbi/ Mixed By - Scott Litt /Other [Sound Effects] - Ben Burtt /Percussion - Dave Carey , George Devins , Maury Yeston , Tony Bingo
Producer - Meco Monardo /Producer, Arranged By, Guitar - Lance Quinn/ Producer, Mixed By - Tony Bongiovi
Reeds - Al Regni , Anne Sheedy , Eddie Daniels , George Marge , John Campo , Phil Bodner , Romeo Penque Trombone - Dave Taylor* , Paul Faulise , Tony Studd , Wayne Andre/ Trumpet - Bob Millikin , Danny Cahn , John Gatchell /Viola - Harold Coletta , Harry Zaratzian , Olivia Koppell , Richard Maximoff /Violin - Aaron Rosand , Gerald Tarack , Guy Lumia , Harry Cykman , Joseph Malignaggi , Lewis Eley , Marvin Morgenstern , Matthew Raimondi , Paul Gershman , Sanford Allen , Tony Posk /
Vocals (track 05) - Arthur Boller , Donald Oriolo, Jr.* , Dori Greenberg , Ivy Alexenburg , Jake Yeston , Jessica Taylor , Marney Alexenburg , Ricky Haayen , Roddy McBrien , Russell Poses , Scot Randell , Stacy Greenberg
01 Christmas In The Stars (3:19)
02 Bells, Bells, Bells (3:13)
03 The Odds Against Christmas (3:03)
04 What Can You Get A Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?) (3:23)
05 R2D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas (3:14)
06 Sleigh Ride (3:36)
07 Merry, Merry Christmas (2:38)
08 A Christmas Sighting ('Twas The Night Before Christmas) (4:07)
09 The Meaning Of Christmas
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This is just one album from the "Galactic Funker"'s discography,later i will upload more with info and bio.(salty)
Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album was an album produced originally in 1980 by the former RSO records. The album featured Star Wars themed Christmas songs, with members of the original cast of the first released Star Wars film, A New Hope.The album was produced by Meco Monardo ("Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band"), with Anthony Daniels voicing C-3PO and Ben Burtt providing the sounds for R2-D2 and Chewbacca. Christmas in the Stars was recorded in 1980, two years after The Star Wars Holiday Special aired. Though they share the same themes, they have no connection other than the fact that they were both marketed in conjunction with the holiday season.
"What do droids, Chewbacca, legendary disco producer Meco and rocker Jon Bon Jovi have in common? They all celebrate the holidays on Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album. With memorable tunes such as "What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)" and C-3PO's retelling ofa sci-fi infused "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," the album is a quirky addition to any holiday music collection. In fact, the record was so sought after by collectors, that in 1996 Rhino records and Lucasfilm, Ltd. decided to re-release Christmas in the Stars for eager fans.
The album's story takes place in a droid factory where robots trudge away at building toys year round for S. Claus. However they don't understand the meaning of Christmas until C-3PO and R2-D2 show them how to appreciate the holiday spirit. Even Artoo adds to the season festivities by learning how to whistle the catchy Christmas ditty, "Sleigh Ride." Later we learn who gets what from their wish list: a scarf for Luke Skywalker, perfume for Princess Leia and earmuffs for Han Solo. Recorded in 1980, many of the album's songs were written by Maury Yeston, a Yale University music professor and composer. Producer Meco Monardo, who already topped the charts with his best-selling disco albumsStar Wars And Other Galactic Funk and Encounters of Every Kind, envisioned and supervised the unusual project. British actor Anthony Daniels lent his voice to reprise his role as C-3PO and Lucasfilm's sound artist Ben Burtt provided the sound effects of R2-D2 and Chewbacca. However, the most trivia-worthy album liner note is the debut of a then 18-year-old Jon Bon Jovi, who ends up singing with a high school choir on "R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas." At the time the album was in production, Jon Bon Jovi , then known as John Bongiovi, swept floors and did odd jobs at the famous New York City recording studio Power Station, ran by Jon's cousin Tony Bongiovi. As Meco auditioned singers for Christmas in the Stars, Tony suggested Jon for one of the lead vocal parts, and the rest is caroling history. Soon after Jon's singing debut, he recorded his own demo at the Power Station which included a hit song called "Runaway." The single eventually lead to a deal with Mercury in 1983. Even though Christmas in the Stars did not lead to a series of additional Star Wars holiday-themed albums as Meco initially had planned, the album still remains a favorite among movie and music collectors alike."
"This album's story line takes place in a droid factory where the robots make toys year-round for S. Claus. But they don't quite know what to make of Christmas until the comedy duo of droids, C-3PO and R2-D2, helps explain it all. To call this album bad would be an understatement. I realize that this is a children's album, but I can't imagine that too many children would enjoy this insipid junk. The lyrics are especially awful. When I met Anthony Daniels, he called this album "pure crap". Take it from C-3PO himself, folks."
"When I was a kid, I was majorly into Star Wars, but this little gem slipped thru my fingers. It wasn't until I was around 12 or so, and was in the car with my mom that the radio played "Sleigh Ride" off of this album, and I LOVED IT! I wanted more!
It took some major digging, but I managed to find a copy of it, and have been listening to it, several times, at Christmas every year. As I'm particularly fond of R2-D2, I especially loved "R2-D2, We Wish You a Merry Christmas", and "Sleigh Ride", the first track I heard off here, but the others also found their own niche in my heart.
If you're sick of the same old boring Christmas songs over, and over, and over . . . get this album, and enjoy something different! If you're a lifelong Star Wars fan, like me, enjoy the album, but stop taking everything so seriously! It's meant to be fun! I find it fun! Just let yourself be a kid again!"