Release Date: Aug 21, 2012
Record label: Light in the Attic Records
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.
Soundtrack album, from Hazlewood’s mysterious exile in Sweden…It was apt that Lee Hazlewood chose for his own epitaph the phrase “Didn’t he ramble?” Certainly, he covered a lot of distance in an unusual career: he helped Duane Eddy invent his sound, rubbed shoulders with Phil Spector, made a career for Nancy Sinatra in which his own baritone added a note of menace.Since Hazlewood’s death in 2007, though, attention has shifted to the solo work, much of it completed during a lengthy stay in Sweden. At the centre of this sojourn, in 1975, he recorded an album that is strange, even by Hazlewood’s standards, not least because of its unapologetic good-humour. You might even call it romantic.