Out this week, the second release in our exhaustive Lee Hazlewood reissue series, A House Safe For Tigers (LITA 087). Originally only available in Sweden, this marks the first time Tigers, the holy grail Hazlewood record for collectors, has been reissued and available the world over. As the soundtrack to one of the seven TV movies Hazlewood made with director Torbjörn Axelman during his period living in Sweden in the early 1970s, the album finds Hazlewood contentedly immersing himself in Swedish life, serenading Gotland, the island Hazlewood fell in love with during the shooting of the television movie Cowboy in Sweden and where he spent time filming Tigers. Highlights include “The Nights,” in which Lee conjures up an epic tale of love and genocide that draws on his Native American blood running, “Our Little Boy Blue,” a magical, sleepy lullaby, and the two versions of the stirring, cinematic “Souls Island” frame the album. A true lost gem, A House Safe For Tigers stands as a masterwork in the same league as Hazlewood’s most celebrated albums.
For this week’s Free Basin’ Fridays, one lucky winner will receive a CD or LP (your choice!) copy of A House Safe For Tigers. Just leave a comment below and a winner will be chosen at random and announced next Friday, August 31st at 12pm PST. If you’ve won a giveaway of ours in the last 2 months you are not elegible. Sorry!