The Christmas album of 2018 is Eric Clapton’s ‘Happy Xmas’ but a mile.
After more than half a century as a guitar hero, Eric Clapton’s ‘Happy Xmas’ is his very first Christmas album.
The claymation video featuring young Eric writing to Santa asking for a guitar. Watch the video to see how that works out for Eric.
Eric has traditionally made a playlist of his favourite Christmas songs for his family at Christmas but this time he went for his own album. “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, who co-produced “Happy Xmas” with longtime music producer Simon Climie. “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’.”
The album also features a tribute to Avicii. “It was terrible that he died so young. That makes me worry about the current generation of musicians. They are going to get swept away from different substances and lifestyles with no guidance. I thought it would be nice to have something to pay respect to his talent,” Eric said.
Another first for Clapton is his Christmas special. Watch the trailer here: