Cowboy in Sweden

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the turn of the '60s, Lee Hazlewood decided to leave America for Sweden. He had already spent time in the country, appearing as an actor in two television productions, so his decision wasn't completely out of the blue -- especially since he had become close with the Swedish artist/filmmaker Torbjörn Axelman. The year that he arrived in Sweden, he starred in Axelman's television production Cowboy in Sweden and cut an album of the same name. Judging by the album alone, the film must have been exceedingly surreal, since the record exists in its own space and time. At its core, it's a collection of country and cowboy tunes, much like the work he did with Nancy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the turn of the '60s, Lee Hazlewood decided to leave America for Sweden. He had already spent time in the country, appearing as an actor in two television productions, so his decision wasn't completely out of the blue -- especially since he had become close with the Swedish artist/filmmaker Torbjörn Axelman. The year that he arrived in Sweden, he starred in Axelman's television production Cowboy in Sweden and cut an album of the same name. Judging by the album alone, the film must have been exceedingly surreal, since the record exists in its own space and time. At its core, it's a collection of country and cowboy tunes, much like the work he did with Nancy Sinatra, but the production is cinematic and psychedelic, creating a druggy, discombobulated sound like no other. This is mind-altering music -- the combination of country song structures, Hazlewood's deep baritone, the sweet voices of Nina Lizell and Suzi Jane Hokom, rolling acoustic guitars, ominous strings, harpsichords and flutes, eerie pianos, and endless echo is stranger than outright avant-garde music, since the familiar is undone by unexpected arrangements. Though the songs are all well-written, Cowboy in Sweden is ultimately about the sound and mood it evokes -- and it's quite singular in that regard.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/1999
  • Label: Smells Like Records
  • UPC: 787996003023
  • Catalog Number: 30

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pray Them Bars Away (2:37)
  2. 2 Leather & Lace - Nina Lizell (3:02)
  3. 3 Forget Marie (1:59)
  4. 4 Cold Hard Times (2:22)
  5. 5 The Night Before (3:12)
  6. 6 Hey Cowboy - Nina Lizell (3:17)
  7. 7 No Train to Stockholm (2:17)
  8. 8 For a Day Like Today - Suzi Jane Hokom (3:58)
  9. 9 Easy and Me (2:47)
  10. 10 What's More I Don't Need Her (3:29)
  11. 11 Vem Kan Segla - Nina Lizell (2:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Hazlewood Primary Artist, Vocals
Suzi Jane Hokom Vocals
Donnie Owens Rhythm Guitar
Nina Lizell Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lee Hazlewood Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, English Translations
Jack Robinson Producer
Clark Gassman Arranger
David Anderle Producer
Eddie Brackett Engineer
Mickey Crofford Engineer
Craig Doerge Arranger
Larry Marks Producer
Shel Talmy Producer
David Whitaker Arranger
Donnie Owens Producer
Johnny Arthy Arranger
Nina Lizell Liner Notes
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