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Watch Eric Clapton’s Claymation Video For White Christmas

Eric Clapton has shared a video for his version of “White Christmas.” The song comes off his recently-released holiday album, Happy Xmas.

Slowhand is celebrating with a new claymation-style video for his fiery blues take on the beloved song.

The video tells the story of a young blues fan (who looks a lot like Clapton) going to see a blues performer and dreaming of getting a guitar for Christmas. The story is not far from the truth for Clapton, even at age 73: 

“Almost every Christmas, my wife Melia gives me a guitar,” he recently said on Sirius XM. “Sometimes I’ve just hinted at it — if you want to know what I want for Christmas…”

Eric Clapton’s “Happy Xmas” is available everywhere!  Buy it HERE.

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Eric Clapton’s First Christmas Album ‘Happy Xmas’ Due On October 12, 2018

Eric Clapton has announced his first Christmas album Happy Xmas, a collection of seasonal songs that arrives this October.

“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,” Clapton shared. “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 14-track album boasts popular seasonal favorites like “White Christmas” and “Silent Night” alongside lesser-known Christmas songs and one Clapton-penned original, “For Love on Christmas Day.” Clapton’s rendition of the standard “Jingle Bells” also carries the parenthetical “In Memory of Avicii.”

Clapton co-produced Happy Xmas alongside Simon Climie, with the guitarist also contributing the hand-drawn album cover featuring Clapton dressed as Santa Claus.

Happy Xmas, due out October 12th.

Track List

1. White Christmas
2. Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City)
3. For Love On Christmas Day
4. Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
5. Christmas Tears
6. Home For The Holidays
7. Jingle Bells (In Memory Of Avicii)
8. Christmas In My Hometown
9. It’s Christmas
10. Sentimental Moments
11. Lonesome Christmas
12. Silent Night
13. Merry Christmas Baby
14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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Eric Clapton Releases 3-Disc Best of Compilation, Forever Man

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Legendary songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and 19-time Grammy Award-winner Eric Clapton released a brand-new ‘Best of’ compilation, entitled Forever Man.

Featuring 51 tracks over three CDs, Forever Man spans three decades of Clapton’s Reprise Records years and features classic studio tracks and a Blues-themed disc.

The collection traces much of Clapton’s career featuring the Grammy Award-winning tracks “Change The World”, “Tears In Heaven”, “Bad Love” and includes materials from Eric’s Grammy Award-winning albums From The Cradle and Unplugged. Guest performers include B.B. King and J.J. Cale.

The release of Forever Man coincides with an upcoming tour, which includes nine concert dates in celebration of his 70th birthday on March 30th. The shows will take place at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden on May 1st and 2nd and at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, and 23rd. The shows will feature Clapton, accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White, and Michelle John, with opening support act Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders.

Forever Man is available in multiple configurations: a 3-CD, a 2-CD, a digital download, and a vinyl 2-LP set that will follow. The package also comes with liner notes written by noted rock journalist and author Malcolm Dome.

Track Listing:

CD1- Studio

1. Gotta Get Over
2. I’ve Got A Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart
3. Run Back To Your Side
4. Tears In Heaven
5. Call Me The Breeze
6. Forever Man
7. Believe In Life
8. Bad Love
9. My Father’s Eyes
10. Anyway The Wind Blows – with J.J. Cale
11. Travelin’ Alone
12. Change The World
13. Behind The Mask
14. It’s In The Way That You use It
15. Pretending
16. Riding With The King – with B.B. King
17. Circus
18. Revolution

CD2 – Live

1. Badge
2. Sunshine of Your Love
3. White Room
4. Wonderful Tonight
5. Worried Life Blues
6. Cocaine
7. Layla (Unplugged)
8. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out (Unplugged)
9. Walkin’ Blues (Unplugged)
10. Them Changes – with Steve Winwood
11. Presence of The Lord – with Steve Winwood
12. Hoochie Coochie Man
13. Goin’ Down Slow
14. Over The Rainbow

CD3 – Blues

1. Before You Accuse Me
2. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
3. Hold On I’m Coming – with B.B. King
4. Terraplane Blues
5. It Hurts Me Too
6. Little Queen Of Spades
7. Third Degree
8. Motherless Child
9. Sportin’ Life Blues – with J.J. Cale
10. Ramblin’ On My Mind
11. Stop Breakin’ Down Blues
12. Everybody Oughta Make A Change
13. Sweet Home Chicago
14. If I Had Posession Over Judgement Day
15. Hard Times Blues
16. Got You On My mind
17. I’m Tore Down
18. Milkcow’s Calf Blues
19. Key To The Highway – with B.B. King

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Unplugged: Expanded And Remastered To Be Released On October 15, 2013 – Features Unreleased Music And Previously Unseen Rehearsal Footage

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Eric Clapton was already an acknowledged master of the electric guitar in January 1992 when he traded his signature Stratocaster for an acoustic Martin to record Unplugged. The live album captured the legendary guitarist, backed by a small band, performing acoustic versions of his own songs and several blues standards. Released later that same year, the album was an unqualified blockbuster, selling more than 19 million copies worldwide and earning six Grammy Awards, sweeping the top honors, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

Reprise Records celebrates Clapton’s electrifying acoustic performances with a new 2-CD/DVD collection that includes a remastered version of the original album along with six unreleased outtakes on two CDs. The DVD features a newly restored version of the concert, as well as more than an hour of previously unseen footage from the rehearsal.

Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered will be available on October 15, 2013 (USA). A 2-CD only version without the DVD will also be available on the same date.

For the original album’s 14 performances, Clapton reinterpreted songs from his rich catalog, including   Layla — completely reimagined as a shuffle — from his time with Derek and the Dominos, Running On Faith and Old Love from 1989’s Journeyman, and the hit single Tears In Heaven, a song he wrote after the passing of his young son Conor the previous year. Much of the album showcases blues songs Clapton grew up listening to, like Bo Diddley’s Before You Accuse Me, Big Bill Broonzy’s Hey Hey, Leadbelly’s Alberta and Robert Johnson’s Malted Milk.

The second disc of Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered includes several songs not on the original album, such as a cover of Big Maceo Merriweather’s Worried Life Blues, an alternate take of Walkin’ Blues and early versions of Circus and My Father’s Eyes — songs that would surface six years later on Clapton’s album Pilgrim.

The DVD included in this collection contains a newly restored version of the original broadcast, which aired August 25, 1992 on MTV. For the first time ever, fans will also have the opportunity to see more than an hour of unreleased footage recorded during the pre-show rehearsal. Filmed from multiple camera angles, it features an intimate look at Clapton and the band working on arrangements and running through 14 songs, including   Circus and My Father’s Eyes, which were not featured in the final broadcast.

CD & DVD Track Listing

01. Signe
02. Before You Accuse Me
03. Hey Hey
04. Tears In Heaven
05. Lonely Stranger
06. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
07. Layla
08. Running On Faith
09. Walkin’ Blues
10. Alberta
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Malted Milk
13. Old Love
14. Rollin’ & Tumblin’

CD Disc Two – Outtakes & Alternates (All Tracks Previously Unreleased)

01. Circus
02. My Father’s Eyes (Take 1)
03. Running On Faith (Take 1)
04. Walkin’ Blues (Take 1)
05. My Father’s Eyes (Take 2)
06. Worried Life Blues

DVD Rehearsal Track List

01. Signe
02. Before You Accuse Me
03. Hey Hey
04. Tears In Heaven
05. Circus
06. Lonely Stranger
07. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
08. Layla
09. My Father’s Eyes
10. Running On Faith
11. Walkin’ Blues
12. Alberta
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
14. Malted Milk

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New Eric Clapton Album ‘Old Sock’ Due On March 12th

Eric Clapton will release a new album, Old Sock, on March 12th, marking the guitar icon’s 21st studio record and first since 2010’s Clapton.

Due on his own Bushbranch label, Old Sock will include two new originals – “Every Little Thing” and “Gotta Get Over” – and versions of 10 of the guitarist’s favorite songs from throughout his life. The LP also includes several guests: blues legend JJ Cale lends backing vocals and guitar on “Angel,” R&B singer Chaka Khan sings back-up on “Get On Over,” Clapton’s old Blind Faith mate Steve Winwood plays organ on “Still Got the Blues” and Paul McCartney plays bass and sings on “All of Me.”

The tracklist finds Clapton covering a myriad of styles from rock and blues (Gary Moore’s “Still Got The Blues” and Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene), reggae (Peter Tosh’s “Till Your Well Runs Dry”) and jazz standards (“All of Me,” and George and Ira Gershwin’s “Love Is Here to Stay”).

Track listing: 

1. Further On Down The Road

2. Angel

3. The Folks Who Live On The Hill

4. Gotta Get  Over

5. Till Your Well Runs Dry

6. All Of Me

7. Born To Lose

8. Still Got The Blues

9. Goodnight Irene

10. Your One and Only Man

11. Every Little Thing

12. Our Love Is Here To Stay

If you are heading to Starbucks this coming week, “Angel,” a track from Eric Clapton’s Old Sock, is the free Pick of the Week beginning March 5th.

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