The 12 Discs of Christmas 2012 #7
A Tropical Winter by the New York Giants
from Holiday Halftime
(Manilus Records; 1969)
When I first stumbled across a copy of The New York Giants Sing Holiday Halftime, I figured I was onto a very special slice of Christmas cheese, but it seems this LP was just the tip of the iceberg. Turns out, nearly every NFL team in 1969 put out a variation on this album, with the same cover graphic and instrumental backing track, but each team actually supplying unique vocals for each edition, whether it's the San Francisco 49ers or the Green Bay Packers.
I have only heard the Giants' version, so I couldn't tell you which team had the best pipes, although it could have been this lineup since someone at Canadian music clearing house Quality Records chose it for release up north in the land of the CFL. Feel free to look it up on Google to see all the variations. Maybe someday I'll feel like tracking down more of them and doing some comparisons, but it won't happen any time soon. Here you can hear a bit of the album with some voiceover by the one and only Jean Shepherd.