Eric Clapton Announces 1st Holiday Album ‘Happy Xmas’
Eric Clapton announced the upcoming release of a new album entitled Happy Xmas. The legendary guitarist’s first holiday album will be issued October 12 on Clapton’s Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records.
Clapton wrote a new song, “For Love On Christmas Day,” which appears alongside familiar holiday classics and other seasonal selections on the 14-track Happy Xmas. The record was co-produced by Clapton and Simon Climie and features cover art drawn by the 73-year-old guitarist. The version of “Jingle Bells” on Happy Xmas is tagged “In Memory Of Avicii,” in tribute to the late Swedish DJ who died in April at the age of 28.
“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,” said Clapton. “I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’.”
Pre-orders of Clapton’s 24th studio album — and first since I Still Do was issued in 2016 — are available via this link.
Happy Xmas Tracklist
- White Christmas
- Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City)
- For Love On Christmas Day
- Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
- Christmas Tears
- Home For The Holidays
- Jingle Bells (In Memory Of Avicii)
- Christmas In My Hometown
- It’s Christmas
- Sentimental Moments
- Lonesome Christmas
- Silent Night
- Merry Christmas Baby
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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