Eric Clapton's next release will be a Christmas album in October.
Happy Xmas mixes standards, lesser-known songs and one new original called "For Love on Christmas Day."
Clapton explains, "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. The one that became the foundational style is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'.”
Clapton drew the cover -- a quick caricature of Santa Claus.
A deluxe edition of the album will be packaged with pop-up art, an ornament, a seven-inch picture disc and more.
Happy Xmas will be out on October 12th.
Happy Xmas track list:
- White Christmas
- Away in a Manger (Once in Royal David’s City)
- For Love on Christmas Day
- Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday
- Christmas Tears
- Home for the Holidays
- Jingle Bells (In Memory of Avicii)
- Christmas in My Hometown
- It’s Christmas
- Sentimental Moments
- Lonesome Christmas
- Silent Night
- Merry Christmas Baby
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas