+ First ever reissue
+ Re-mastered from original master tapes
+ CD/LP include new liner notes by Wyndham Wallace, interviewing director Torbjörn Axelman
+ Unseen archive photos
+ 180-gram LP includes 18″x24″ fold-out reproduction of original film poster
Out today, 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 movie is a “semi-documentary” featuring Hazlewood and 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 strange, very strange,” Hazlewood said, “But we meant it to be strange.”
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.
Lee Hazlewood A House Safe For Tigers (CD / 180-gram LP / Digital), available today at fine record stores world wide and at LightInTheAttic.net.