Eric Clapton has released now two videos from his debut holiday set, Happy Xmas. The clip features “Slowhand,” along with co-producer Simon Climie, strumming acoustic guitars by a Christmas tree, assorted guitars, vintage amps, and a reel-to-reel tape deck. The just released “White Christmas” is a animated feature and is one of the highlights on his new Happy Xmas holiday collection. The claymation-looking animated clip spotlights a young boy equally enthralled by an electric guitar and the sound of the blues. Happy Xmas, which was released on October 12th, debuted at Number One on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart. The album, which sold 6,000 units its first week, also entered the mainstream Billboard 200 albums chart at Number 168.
Back in August, when he first announced the holiday set, Clapton explained to Billboard, “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. 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 tracklisting to Eric Clapton’s Happy Xmas is: “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,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
JUST IN! The new A Clapton Christmas special on YouTube. The 23-minute featurette includes a sit-down interview with “Slowhand” and producer Simon Climie discussing the new Happy Xmas album — along with two performance videos, two music videos — “For Love On Christmas Day” and the “Home For The Holidays” lyric video.
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Here’s a brand new video ‘White Christmas’ just released from Slowhand-