Happy Xmas

Happy Xmas

by Eric Clapton

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Happy Xmas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BPenceofCoramDeotheBlog More than 1 year ago
Happy Xmas is Eric Clapton’s first Christmas album. The fourteen songs are a mix of standards, lesser known holiday songs and one new Clapton-written song “For Love on Christmas Day.” I really enjoyed this album, which has only one major misstep, the electronic dance music (EDM) “Jingle Bells”, which is a tribute to the late DJ and producer Avicii, and doesn’t fit with the rest of the album. Below are a few comments about each song on the album: White Christmas – Clapton opens this Christmas standard from Irving Berlin with some blues guitar and then settles back in, accompanied by backing vocals, strings and a great guitar solo. A strong start to the album. Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City) – Clapton slows the pace down and delivers a good vocal on this traditional Christmas carol dating back to the late 19th century. It features some nice backing vocals, organ and acoustic guitar. For Love On Christmas Day – This is a new song written by Clapton. It’s a sad song about wishing for a lost love to return. It features keys, acoustic guitar and strings. He’s living in a dream world and dying a little more each day. Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday – This 1967 song was written by William Bell and Booker T. Jones. The song features blues guitar, keys, organ and backing vocals. Christmas Tears – This song was written by Robert Wilson and Sonny Thompson and recorded by Freddie King in 1961. Clapton delivers a blues vocal with some excellent guitar, including a solo, backed by drum, bass, piano and female vocals. A highlight. Home For The Holidays – This song was written by Anthony Hamilton. The song has an easy going pace, featuring acoustic and light electric guitar, piano, organ and backing vocals. Jingle Bells – This is the album’s one major misstep. It is a six-minute electronic dance music mostly instrumental almost unrecognizable cover of James Pierpont’s Christmas classic. The song is dedicated to Avicii, who died of a suicide earlier in the year. Clapton’s guitar joins with the electronic music in a song that doesn’t fit with the rest of the album. Skip this one. Christmas In My Hometown – This song was written by Sonny James and John Skye. The song has a laid-back country feel, featuring piano, guitar, soft percussion and female backing vocals. It’s Christmas – This song was written by Anthony Hamilton. The song is upbeat, featuring guitar, keys, drums and backing vocals. It feels just like Christmas, love is in the air and everybody’s heading home. Sentimental Moments – This song was written by Frederick Hollander and was featured in the 1955 film We’re No Angels. It has a slower pace, and features piano, and some nice acoustic guitar, though it’s not really a Christmas song. Lonesome Christmas – This song was written by Lloyd Glenn. The song has a great blues beat, led by guitar, piano and drums. The song is highlighted by a guitar solo. A highlight. Silent Night – This Christmas classic was written by Joseph Mohr. This version has a good pace as Clapton sings over drums, organ, light guitar and backing vocals. Merry Christmas Baby – This song was written by Lou Baxter and John Dudley Moore. This song is a slow blues, with piano, bass and some excellent blues guitar. A highlight. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – This song was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. This is a slow jazz version, with a Clapton’s vocal over piano, strings, acoustic guitar and percussion.