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Happy Xmas

Eric Clapton

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If we were to travel back in time and tell young 19-year-old Eric, who had just left The Yardbirds because he felt their For Your Love sounded too pop, that he would one day record a Christmas album, he wouldn’t believe us for a second and would threaten to knock us out with his guitar! It’s a fact; 73-year-old Clapton is a changed man. Not only has he overcome many hardships, but he also appears serene and relaxed, at last enjoying family life with real holiday celebrations by the fireplace. He therefore has every right to offer his own version of such classics as White ChristmasSilent Night or Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City), and less mainstream titles like Sentimental Moments (1955 by Joan Bennett), Lonesome Christmas (by Lowell Fulson and later covered by B.B. King and Joe Bonamassa) or Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas that was interpreted by Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, and was also featured on the Jackson 5’s Christmas album (when little Michael was twelve). Even Chrissie Hynde sang it with The Pretenders, that’s saying a lot…


Eric Clapton even composed his own Christmas song, For Love On Christmas Day. It blends in perfectly with the “Christmas tree and wreath” decor and is fully “Claptonised” with a high dose of top-notch blues. The sole, highly surprising exception is the EDM-style Jingle Bells dedicated to DJ Avicii, whose passing particularly affected Eric as he drew parallels to his own self-destructive youth. And surprise, Clapton himself drew the joyful Santa on the album cover (a self-portrait?). Now you have something to put in a few stockings for Christmas… © Jean-Pierre Sabouret/Qobuz

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1
White Christmas
00:02:57

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David's City)
00:04:44

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

3
For Love On Christmas Day
00:03:36

Dennis Morgan, ComposerLyricist - Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
00:03:38

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Booker T. Jones, ComposerLyricist - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - William Bell, ComposerLyricist - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Christmas Tears
00:04:22

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - SONNY THOMPSON, ComposerLyricist - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Charles Wilson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Home For The Holidays
00:04:00

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Kelvin Wooten, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Jingle Bells
00:05:58

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Salif Keita, Arranger, Work Arranger - Manfila Kante, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Christmas In My Hometown
00:02:51

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny James, ComposerLyricist - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - John Skye, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

9
It's Christmas
00:04:43

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Kelvin Wooten, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Davis, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Sentimental Moments
00:04:06

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Ralph Freed, ComposerLyricist - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Friedrich Hollaender, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Lonesome Christmas
00:03:51

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Lloyd C. Glenn, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

12
Silent Night
00:04:03

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Arranger, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Melia Clapton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

13
Merry Christmas Baby
00:04:11

Lou Baxter, ComposerLyricist - Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - JOHNNY MOORE, ComposerLyricist - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

14
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
00:03:29

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Hugh Martin, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Blane, ComposerLyricist - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

15
A Little Bit Of Christmas Love
00:02:43

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Rosco Gordon, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

16
You Always Hurt The One You Love
00:03:56

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Paul Waller, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Allan Roberts, ComposerLyricist - Doris Fisher, ComposerLyricist - Dirk Powell, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Toby Baker, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

If we were to travel back in time and tell young 19-year-old Eric, who had just left The Yardbirds because he felt their For Your Love sounded too pop, that he would one day record a Christmas album, he wouldn’t believe us for a second and would threaten to knock us out with his guitar! It’s a fact; 73-year-old Clapton is a changed man. Not only has he overcome many hardships, but he also appears serene and relaxed, at last enjoying family life with real holiday celebrations by the fireplace. He therefore has every right to offer his own version of such classics as White ChristmasSilent Night or Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City), and less mainstream titles like Sentimental Moments (1955 by Joan Bennett), Lonesome Christmas (by Lowell Fulson and later covered by B.B. King and Joe Bonamassa) or Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas that was interpreted by Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, and was also featured on the Jackson 5’s Christmas album (when little Michael was twelve). Even Chrissie Hynde sang it with The Pretenders, that’s saying a lot…


Eric Clapton even composed his own Christmas song, For Love On Christmas Day. It blends in perfectly with the “Christmas tree and wreath” decor and is fully “Claptonised” with a high dose of top-notch blues. The sole, highly surprising exception is the EDM-style Jingle Bells dedicated to DJ Avicii, whose passing particularly affected Eric as he drew parallels to his own self-destructive youth. And surprise, Clapton himself drew the joyful Santa on the album cover (a self-portrait?). Now you have something to put in a few stockings for Christmas… © Jean-Pierre Sabouret/Qobuz

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