Eric Clapton Wastes His Talent on “Happy Xmas,” a Snoozefest that Fails to Bring the Christmas Spirit
Over the past 70 years, the world has been treated to Christmas songs recorded by Bing Crosby, the Vince Guaraldi Trio, Nat “King” Cole, and many others. These classics evoke the wonderful feelings of the holiday season among listeners of all ages. Happy Xmas is Eric Clapton’s attempt to create his own seasonal classic. With a “slight blues tinge” to holiday favorites, he falls painfully short with an amazingly boring, emotionless, and by-the-numbers album.
Bushbranch/Surfdog Records 57688-1 2 45rpm colored vinyl LPs
Eric Clapton and Simon Climie
Alan Douglas, Rowan McIntosh, Poppy Kavanaugh, Darryl Johnson, Jacob Dennis
Bob Ludwig (digital files) and Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering (lacquer cutting)