The complete album was released by RSO records on LP and Cassette in November 1980, to cash in on the increasingly popular Star Wars saga. This original printing featured cover art by theStar Wars film’s production artist, Ralph McQuarrie. The Cassette version is now quite hard to come by.
Also in 1980, RSO released a 45 of “What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)” (credited to The Star Wars Intergalactic Droid Choir and Chorale) b/w “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with a picture sleeve. In late 1983, a second 45 from the album was released by Polygram on the RSO label, “R2D2’s Sleigh Ride” b/w “Christmas in the Stars”, also with a picture sleeve.
This album was one of the industry’s first non-classical-or-jazz projects to be recorded and mixed digitally, and when “What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)” reached #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in 1980 it was only the third digitally recorded single in chart history.
(article by samuel Matthews)