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Cowboy In Sweden

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Feb 21st, 2019. Artwork published in .
    Original album art, LHI Records, 1970. Designer not credited.
    Source: https://www.vinylpussycat.com LHI Records. Photo: Vinyl Pussy Cat. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Original album art, LHI Records, 1970. Designer not credited.

    Cowboy in Sweden is a Swedish film from 1970, directed by Torbjörn Axelman.

    The film portrays a cowboy (Lee Hazlewood) who is guided around Sweden by a young blonde Swedish girl (Nina Lizell). — Wikipedia

    Just so the viewer doesn’t forget that he is the Cowboy In Sweden, Lee Hazlewood sports a black stetson and cowboy boots. He wanders through a series of dreamscape. They’re akin to a series of individual videos rather than part of a cohesive film. However, this adds to the surreal, lysergic nature of the film. So do the absurdist skits, and the sight of Lee Hazlewood sitting discussing both Swedish culture and weather between songs. Critics wondered if this was an ill-fated attempt at comedy? They also wondered why the music seemed to bear no relation to the scenes in Cowboy In Sweden? — Derek Anderson

    Hazlewood (1929–2007) also recorded an album of the same name. Originally published on his own LHI label, it was reissued in 2016 by Light in the Attic Records, with additional bonus tracks and unchanged album art.

    The Deluxe Edition comes with a vinyl record in “Swedish Blue”, a DVD of the restored film, and a folded film poster by Jay Shaw (Mondo/Death Waltz). The poster is also available individually. For the design, Shaw stuck to the typeface used for the original album art: It’s Skjald, a Victorian display face first cast by the Dickinson Type Foundery in Boston around 1890. Here it had probably been picked for its Scandinavian name: skjald is the Danish form of skald.

    Original album art, LHI Records, 1970. Designer not credited.
    Source: https://www.vinylpussycat.com LHI Records. Photo: Vinyl Pussy Cat. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Original album art, LHI Records, 1970. Designer not credited.

    Original album art, LHI Records, 1970. Designer not credited.
    Source: http://www.kingdomofnonsense.com Jay Shaw. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Poster designed by Jay Shaw in 2016 for the reissue by Light in the Attic Records.

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