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Light In The Attic

Lee Hazlewood

A House Safe For Tigers

A House Safe for Tigers is the soundtrack to one of seven TV movies Lee Hazlewood made with the director Torbjörn Axelman while living in Sweden in the early 1970s. Hazlewood had moved there to lay low and to help his son avoid the draft, but wound up finding happiness and creative freedom. This period of Hazlewood’s career has been the stuff of collectors’ circles, as many of his recordings made in Sweden never made the commute back to his native America. Originally only available in Sweden, the Light in the Attic reissue (to be available on CD, vinyl and special gold vinyl) marks the return of Tigers. Hazlewood starred alongside Axelman in the documentary-style “buddy movie” that might be thought of as a precursor to reality television. Hazlewood and Axelman reflected on their respective childhoods, sharing reminisces and encountering various people along the way. “It’s strange, very strange,” Hazlewood said. “But we meant it to be strange.” Adding to the strangeness (at least for any potential American viewers!), much of the film is in Swedish, and some even in Latin. The film’s title has been attributed by various sources to Buddhist prayer, or Asian or Swedish folklore, in which one’s home is blessed to be kept safe from metaphorical “tigers.” One version states that the presence of flowers strewn in the home will keep the tigers at bay.

  • Souls Island
    A House Safe for Tigers
    Our Little Boy Blue
    Absent Friends – A House Safe for Tigers
    Sand Hill Anna and the Russian Mouse
    Lars Gunnar and Me
    Souls Island
    Las Vegas – A House Safe for Tigers
    The Nights
    A House Safe for Tigers – Choir

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