ERIC CLAPTON MERRY XMAS
Gonna be a blues Christmas
Imagine our surprise when we heard that one of the world’s acknowledged blues guitar masters was going to record a Christmas album. We were even more surprised when we saw the track listing. Clapton putting a blues slant on Away‘ In A Manger’ and Jingle‘ Bells’? Surely some mistake? But no, it’s true – and he’s managed to pull it off.
With a lineup that includes the excellent Jim Keltner on kit with additional drum programming by Paul Waller, EC manages to pull a Christmas rabbit out of the hat: “I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge,” said Clapton. Amidst all the yo-ho-ho, ‘For Love On Christmas Day’, a co-write with longtime Clapton collaborator Simon Climie, is fab. [DM]
Download: ‘For Love On Christmas Day’ Goto: www.ericclapton.com