Happy Xmas Album is by Eric Clapton, the English singer, songwriter and guitarist. His 24th studio album and first Christmas offering was released on the 12th of October 2018 under the singer’s record labels Bushbranch Records and Surfdog Records.
The album is Eric Clapton’s first release since I Still Do in May 2016, which reached number six in both the US and UK. The Happy Xmas album comprises of fourteen tracks including festive standards, some more obscure songs and a new track, ” For Love On Christmas Day “.
It also features Eric Clapton’s version of ” Jingle Bells “, which he dedicated to the late Swedish musician, DJ and record producer Avicii, who died near Muscat, the capital city of Oman, at the age of 28 on the 20th of April 2018.
Production for the album was by Eric Clapton and Simon Climie, the English songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the duo Climie Fisher, who took their single ” Love Changes (Everything) ” to number two on the UK Singles Chart in 1988. As a songwriter and producer he has worked with the likes of George Michael, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Smokey Robinson and Jeff Beck.
The Happy Xmas album received positive reviews in the music press. Writing for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine liked the album, awarding it just short of five stars. Although he had some criticism for the inclusion of ” Jingle Bells “, he showed approval for the other song choices saying that ” these clever interpretations are nestled alongside nice holiday chestnuts, turning this into a comforting Christmas listen. ” Chuck Campbell, writing for Knoxnews.com, liked the album but commented that ” There’s no right way or wrong way to do a holiday record, but Eric Clapton’s first-ever Christmas album, the new ‘ Happy Xmas, ‘ is a mix of wrong and right. ”
Eric Clapton, who designed the cover work, said of the Happy Xmas 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. ”
The most popular single, ” White Christmas “, was originally released by Bing Crosby on the 30th of July 1942 under the record label Decca Records. The single, written by American Irving Berlin, has worldwide sales of over fifty million copies. ” White Christmas ” is still as popular today as it was then, a favourite of radio stations around the world at Christmas time. The single is the biggest-selling single in history.
The Happy Xmas album has been a commercial success for Eric Clapton. In the United States, the album topped the Top Holiday Albums Chart on the 27th of October 2018 for one week. To date, it has spent four weeks on the Billboard chart.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 25th of October 2018. At the time of writing it had peaked at number ninety-seven and spent one week in the Top 100.
Elsewhere, the Happy Xmas album has reached sixty-four and 114 in Belgium ( Flanders and Wallonia respectively ), sixty-one in Austria, twenty-three in the Czech Republic, 111 in Holland, forty in Germany, seventy-five in Italy, forty-seven in Scotland, thirty-four in Spain and seventy-three in Switzerland.
About Eric Clapton
Eric Patrick Clapton was born on the 30th of March 1945 in the village of Ripley, Surrey, England. His first taste of guitar playing came on this thirteenth birthday when he got an acoustic Hoyer guitar. He found it difficult to play and lost interest, only to take up playing the guitar two years later. Blues music influenced Eric Clapton from an early age, which would continue throughout his career and turn him into one of the world’s greatest blues guitarists.
In 1963, he joined the Yardbirds, a blues-influenced English rock band, staying with them until early 1965. In 1966, Eric Clapton joined Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce to form British rock supergroup Cream, who sold over 15 million records globally and produced the first platinum-selling double album in the world.
After Cream split in 1968, he went on to join Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech in another English blues-influenced rock group, Blind Faith. In August 1969, They released their only album, Blind Faith, which topped the albums charts in both the US and UK.
In the early part of 1970, he formed Derek and the Dominos along with Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon. The English–American blues-influenced rock band released one studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, on the 9th of November 1970. The group are best known for their single ” Layla “, the title track from the album. Commercially the record wasn’t a success when originally released, however it has since gained popularity amongst critics and fans alike and today is considered by many to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time.
After Derek and the Dominos dissolved in 1971, Eric Clapton went on to enjoy a successful solo career. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, once as a solo artist, as a member of the Yardbirds and also Cream, he is the only recording artist to be inducted three times. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential guitarists of all time.
To date, Eric Clapton’s Album releases are twenty-four solo studio, fourteen live albums, eighteen compilations and fourteen Soundtrack albums. As a multi-award-winning recording artist, Eric Clapton has won many awards including eighteen Grammys, one Brit, one Silver Clef, one BAFTA and four Ivor Novello awards.
In 2004, for services to music, Eric Clapton was awarded a CBE ( Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire ), and in 2017, Eric Clapton was Made a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an order of France awarded by the Minister of Culture.
During his solo career, he has worldwide record sales of over 130 million.
Happy Xmas Album Track Listing:
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