I'll be posting Christmas music for the next week or so, and it doesn't get much better than this 11 minute, 7 song 7" recorded by the participants in the arts program of the San Francisco Recreation Center for the Handicapped. The musical backing seems pretty professionally played, in contrast to the vocals of the handicapped folks.
It kicks off with a version of "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" scored for xylophone and sad horn - very evocative combination. Much of the remaining tracks feature only pianoaccompaniment, which gives it a kind of church pageant feel; there's a real sweetness to "O Christmas Tree," like if 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' was now starring old people. "IWant A Hippopotamus For Christmas" (hey, a Spike Jones cover!) features a full band, with the unusual lineup of xylophone, percussion, and...organ? guitar? I'm not sure. A CRAFTY LADIES CHRISTMAS