“I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals,” Clapton
Have yourself a Clapton Christmas with his brand new very first full-length holiday album Happy Xmas, featuring Slowhand’s bluesy take on lesser-known songs as well as traditional Christmas classics such as “Silent Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.
Released on October 12th, 2018 through Bushbranch/Surfdog Records, Happy Xmas reached the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums. The album art displays Eric Clapton’s own hand-drawn childlike illustration of a black and red Santa Claus, inspired by Bob Dylan’s folk art painting that appeared on The Band’s 1968 debut album cover of Music From Big Pink.
Fans may be surprised by Clapton’s interesting re-defined version of “Jingle Bells”, made in memory of the late Swedish DJ Avicii.
Clapton penned one original stand out track for the album, a heavyhearted song called “For Love on Christmas Day”. He lays down some acoustic guitar riffs and sings “Snow is on the sidewalk, It’s cold inside my heart… And everything is white outside, how can it be so dark”.
Not exactly a ‘Happy Christmas’ tune, the tragically beautiful song is full of sentimental longing that will tug at your heartstrings and fill your spirit with the blues.
The 14 track LP is a long-awaited Christmas gift from a man who has had a career spanning more than half a century as one of the most influential musicians of all time.
Check out the official music video below for Eric Clapton’s new original song “For Love On Christmas Day”
Happy Xmas Track List
1. White Christmas
2. Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City)
3. For Love On Christmas Day
4. Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
5. Christmas Tears
6. Home For The Holidays
7. Jingle Bells (In Memory Of Avicii)
8. Christmas In My Hometown
9. It’s Christmas
10. Sentimental Moments
11. Lonesome Christmas
12. Silent Night
13. Merry Christmas Baby
14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Devon Ebersold for Keeping the Blues Alive
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