A House Safe for Tigers

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All Music Guide - Quint Kik
Regarded as one of his more obscure albums, this is the soundtrack to one of the many television movies Hazlewood made as a recluse in early-'70s Sweden. Directed by his friend Torbjörn Axelman, A House Safe for Tigers is accompanied by some of his strongest material. Filmed in documentary style, the movie finds Hazlewood and Axelman embarking on a nostalgic trip through their childhood days and contemplating the meaning of life. True, most viewers with a general education might be hard-pressed figuring out any meaning whatsoever, since considerable parts of A House Safe for Tigers are spoken in Swedish and sometimes even recited in Latin. Hazlewood makes up for this by ...
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All Music Guide - Quint Kik
Regarded as one of his more obscure albums, this is the soundtrack to one of the many television movies Hazlewood made as a recluse in early-'70s Sweden. Directed by his friend Torbjörn Axelman, A House Safe for Tigers is accompanied by some of his strongest material. Filmed in documentary style, the movie finds Hazlewood and Axelman embarking on a nostalgic trip through their childhood days and contemplating the meaning of life. True, most viewers with a general education might be hard-pressed figuring out any meaning whatsoever, since considerable parts of A House Safe for Tigers are spoken in Swedish and sometimes even recited in Latin. Hazlewood makes up for this by offering some marvelous anecdotes, completely in line with his songwriting skills. The story about the bum who one day visited his parents' house and helped a youthful Hazlewood to get rid of his stutter is especially insightful. The movie derives its title from Swedish folklore, wherein everyday life is kept safe from "tigers" problems, misfortune by the peculiar practice of throwing flowers around the house. Cultish pretensions left alone, the accompanying soundtrack to A House Safe for Tigers could be viewed as the mirror image of 1973's sublime Poet, Fool or Bum. While the latter partly dealt with Hazlewood's hectic experiences touring the Las Vegas circuit in the early '70s, the former focuses on enjoying his laid-back, newly found life in Sweden. There's a beautiful ode to Gotland, the island Hazlewood fell in love with during the shooting of the television movie Cowboy in Sweden. Its breathtaking orchestral arrangements and never-ending fade-out lends "Souls Island" an epic quality. Axelman's words to a second version even add further fuel to the myth of the "cowboy in Sweden." Next to it there's a mixture of old songs curiously, a version of the Shacklefords' "Our Little Boy Blue" is included here and a couple of new ones of which the bravado of "Lars Gunnar and Me" and the moving title song are worth mentioning. The music and images of Hazlewood singing to Axelman's family, running the Gotland marathon, and convincing Swedish children to take sides against Nixon turn both movie and album into a celebration of the enduring friendship between artist and director.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • UPC: 826853008723
  • Catalog Number: 87

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Hazlewood Primary Artist
Janne Schaffer Electric Guitar
Americo Bellotto Trumpet
Jan Bergman Electric Bass
Lars Carlsson Choir, Chorus
Lena Eriksson Choir, Chorus
Malando Gassama Conga
Rutger Gunnarsson Electric Bass
Gunnar Gunrup Trumpet
Jorgen Johansson Trombone
Alain Leroux Keyboards
Torgny Nilsson Trombone
Anders Nord Acoustic Guitar
Kjell Ohman Keyboards
Weine Renliden Trumpet
Bengt Sundberg French Horn
Hans Nordin Choir, Chorus
Mats Olsson Conductor, Keyboards
Hasse Rosén Acoustic Guitar
Yngve Sandström Woodwind
Pierre Isacsson Choir, Chorus
Jan Kling Tenor Saxophone
Gunnar Wennberg French Horn
Olle Eriksson Woodwind
Lars-Erik Rönn Woodwind
Georg Vollbrecht Timpani
Luciano Mosetti Harmonica, Trumpet
Annica Risberg Choir, Chorus
Sölve Klingstedt Woodwind
Uffe Andersson Tenor Saxophone
Radio Symphony Orchestra of Sweden Strings
Lennart Nyhlén Acoustic Guitar
Lalle Fürst Trumpet
Kerstin Dahl Choir, Chorus
Jan Boqvist Keyboards
Hannu Hållman Trumpet
Håkan Thanger Choir, Chorus
Douglas Westlund Drums
Annelie Sköld Choir, Chorus
Torbjörn Axelman Narrator
Technical Credits
Lee Hazlewood Composer, Lyricist
Dave Cooley Remastering
Björn Almstedt Engineer
Wyndham Wallace Liner Notes
Matt Sullivan Executive Producer, Reissue Producer
Josh Wright Executive Producer
Mats Olsson Arranger, Producer
Jason Grant Proof Reading
Lennart Backman Cover Design
Kalle Axelman Reissue Assistant Producer
Torbjörn Axelman Composer, Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
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