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Lee Hazlewood

House Safe For Tigers

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Digitally remastered edition. A House Safe For Tigers is the soundtrack to one of the seven TV movies Lee Hazlewood made with the director Torbj”rn Axelman during his period living in Sweden in the early 1970s. Originally only available in Sweden, this marks the first time Tigers has been reissued and available the world over. The movie was a semi-documentary featuring Hazlewood and his friend Axelman, looking back to childhood and contemplating the meaning of life. In it, Hazlewood runs a marathon, tells anecdotes about a bum who cured his stutter and convinces a group of Swedish children to take sides against Richard Nixon. It's not necessary to see A House Safe For Tigers to enjoy the soundtrack, of course. Despite the fact that it was never released outside of Sweden, the music's hallowed reputation, cultivated in the intervening decades by the privileged few who were able to hear it, is testament to the strength of its material.


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.

Additional Information

Artist Lee Hazlewood
Track Listing 1 Souls Island - 6:33 ( Lee Hazlewood) 2 A House Safe for Tigers - 2:44 ( Lee Hazlewood) 3 Our Little Boy Blue - 2:25 ( Lee Hazlewood) 4 Absent Friends - 3:53 ( Lee Hazlewood) 5 Sand Hill Anna and the Russian Mouse - 2:57 ( Lee Hazlewood) 6 Lars Gunnar and Me - 2:52 ( Lee Hazlewood) 7 Souls Island - 6:32 ( Torbjörn Axelman/ Lee Hazlewood) 8 Las Vegas - 2:51 ( Lee Hazlewood) 9 The Nights - 3:13 ( Lee Hazlewood) 10 A House Safe for Tigers (Choir) - 2:01 ( Lee Hazlewood)

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