Eric Clapton has unveiled a new Claymation video for his cover of the classic Xmas hit ‘White Christmas’ which you can watch above.
The video tells the story of a young blues fanatic (who looks a lot like Clapton) going to see a blues giant and dreaming of getting a guitar for Christmas. The story is not far from the truth for the legendary musician himself. “Almost every Christmas, my wife Melia gives me a guitar,” he recently told Rolling Stone. “Sometimes I’ve just hinted at it — if you want to know what I want for Christmas…”
The legendary guitarist’s fiery new version of the much-loved seasonal hit features on his new album, Happy Xmas, which was released on 12 October and immediately topped Billboard’s Holiday Albums Chart.
The new Claymation video follows a performance video of the song which appeared earlier this month. As uDiscover Music previously reported, Happy Xmas is the first full-length Christmas album of Clapton’s career and it includes the guitar giant’s interpretations of many familiar festive songs such as ‘Away In A Manger’ and ‘Silent Night,’ as well as lesser-known seasonal tunes and the new track ‘For Love On Christmas Day.’
“I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge,” Clapton told Billboard, “and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals. 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.’
Clapton co-produced Happy Xmas with longtime collaborator Simon Climie, once of the pop band Climie Fisher, and it also features a version of ‘Jingle Bells’ which Clapton has dedicated to the memory of Avicii. He was an admirer of the Swedish DJ-artist, who died at the age of 28 in April.
Clapton’s last studio album of new material, his 23rd solo set, was I Still Do, released in April 2016. He previously played a major role in the 1999 festive multi-artist release A Very Special Christmas Live, released as the fourth in that series to benefit the Special Olympics.
That LP was recorded at a Yuletide concert the previous December to mark 30 years of the Special Olympics, and featured Clapton playing on ‘Christmas Blues,’ ‘Christmas Tears,’ Tracy Chapman’s ‘Give Me One Reason,’ ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ and the encore of ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.’
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