It was 104°F in Portland, Oregon, on August 12th, when the band and I recorded “I Saw Three Ships.” I was trying to get extra sounds from my A/DA Flanger by attaching a foot-operated, mechanical knob-turning device. But the device kept coming loose, and I kept getting angrier and angrier at it. I finally decided to give up on the knob-turning, and convert my frustration into pure guitar playing energy. The result was a slightly worried band, subtle flanging, and a good take! Thanks to Nat King Cole and George Thorogood for the arrangement inspiration. And thanks to England for the song.

Paul Gilbert and The Players Club / Mascot Label Group have announced the release of a new seasonal offering titled ‘TWAS. Gilbert’s 17th solo album features a dozen recordings, two of which are new, original compositions. The global release date for digital and CD is November 26. The LP will follow on December 10.

Gilbert’s 17th solo album contains a dozen songs, two of which are newly written. He says: “Many people probably agree that in recent years the challenges have rained down on us like an exploding waterfall of syrup. At least it feels that way to me. But while I was jamming on some Christmas songs with my friends where I switched between a red, a white and a green electric guitar from Ibanez, it felt like when life is at its BEST! I hope this music also makes you smile. Merry Christmas to you all and good night. 

Gilbert’s 17th solo album contains a dozen songs, two of which are newly written. He says: “Many people probably agree that in recent years the challenges have rained down on us like an exploding waterfall of syrup. At least it feels that way to me. But while I was jamming on some Christmas songs with my friends where I switched between a red, a white and a green electric guitar from Ibanez, it felt like when life is at its BEST! I hope this music also makes you smile. Merry Christmas to you all and good night. ”

Tracklist

1. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
2. Frosty the Snowman
3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
4. The Christmas Song
5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
6. I Saw Three Ships
7. Every Christmas Has Love
8. Three Strings for Christmas
9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
10. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
11. Silver Bells
12. Winter Wonderland

Bonus Track for Japan

13. Down the Chimney Blues

Photo by Jason Quigley.

Gilbert explains: “Ten of the songs are old classics. I was inspired by Christmas songs recorded by Nat King Cole, Loretta Lynn, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald and The Ventures. Of course, I was also inspired by my guitar heroes Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Frank Marino, Pat Travers, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page to name a few. I also wrote some of my own new Christmas songs. As I did recently, I started with lyrics and a melody. Then I let the guitar take over because it sings better than I do. ”