Happy Xmas (Eric Clapton album)

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Happy Xmas
Happy Xmas EC.jpg
Studio album by
Released12 October 2018
Recorded2017-18
GenreChristmas music, blues, rock
Length60:45
LabelBrushbranch/Surfdog, EPC Enterprises
ProducerEric Clapton, Simon Climie
Eric Clapton chronology
Live in San Diego
(2016)
Happy Xmas
(2018)

Happy Xmas is the first Christmas album by Eric Clapton, his 22nd[citation needed] studio album, released on 12 October 2018.[1] It includes 13 covers of Christmas-themed songs, both well-known and relatively obscure ones, arranged in a predominantly blues style, and one new composition by Clapton and producer Simon Climie.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."White Christmas"Irving Berlin (Arranged by Eric Clapton and Simon Climie) [2]2:58
2."Away in a Manger (Once in Royal David's City)"Traditional, William J. Kirkpatrick4:44
3."For Love on Christmas Day" (new song)Eric Clapton, Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan3:36
4."Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday"William Bell, Booker T. Jones3:38
5."Christmas Tears"R. C. Wilson, Sonny Thompson4:22
6."Home for the Holidays"Anthony Hamilton, Kelvin Wooten4:00
7."Jingle Bells (In Memory of Avicii)"James Lord Pierpont (arr. Clapton, Climie, Salif Keita, Manfila Kante)5:58
8."Christmas in My Hometown"Sonny James2:51
9."It's Christmas"Hamilton, Wooten, Brandon Davis4:43
10."Sentimental Moments"Friedrich Holländer, Ralph Freed4:06
11."Lonesome Christmas"Lloyd Glenn, Lowell Fulson3:51
12."Silent Night"Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr, John Freeman Young (arr. Clapton, Climie, Walt Richmond)4:02
13."Merry Christmas Baby"Lou Baxter, Johnny Moore4:11
14."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin3:31
15."A Little Bit Of Christmas Love" (bonus track)Rosco Gordon2:44
16."You Always Hurt The One You Love" (bonus track)Allan Roberts, Doris Fisher3:58

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[4] 61
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[5] 64
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 114
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[7] 23
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 111
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 40
Italian Albums (FIMI)[10] 75
Scottish Albums (OCC)[11] 47
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[12] 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 73
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 97
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[15] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eric Clapton Celebrates Christmas With First Full-Length Holiday Album: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  2. ^ All writing and arrangement credits taken from the liner notes in the CD booklet.
  3. ^ Climie is shown playing acoustic rhythm guitar in two performance videos he recorded with Clapton; the latter, in his interview, also states that Climie played acoustic guitar on the album.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201842 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 42 (dal 2018-10-12 al 2018-10-18)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 42: del 12.10.2018 al 18.10.2018" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Eric Clapton Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2018.