ERIC CLAP­TON MERRY XMAS

Gonna be a blues Christ­mas

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

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

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