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House Safe for Tigers
     

A House Safe for Tigers

by Lee Hazlewood
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2012
Label:
Light In The Attic
UPC:
0826853008723
catalogNumber:
87
Rank:
76300

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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
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra   Strings
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
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
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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