A 4CD set, including 14 previously unreleased recordings and a 28 page booklet, from an Australian icon. Archie Roach is the highest profile Indigenous artist next to Gurrumul, and the most acclaimed Australian songwriter next to his friend Paul Kelly.
The Creation 4CD set features remastered versions of Archie’s first four albums – “Charcoal Lane”, “Jamu Dreaming”, “Looking For Butter Boy” and “Sensual Being”, which were all recorded for Mushroom Records between 1990 and 2002 – together 14 previously unreleased bonus tracks. It features deluxe packaging including a slipcase and a 28-page booklet featuring detailed liner notes by Jeff McMullen and Archie himself, commentary from Archie’s producers including Paul Kelly, and unseen images from the archives of photographer Pierre Baroni.
It includes all the songs upon which Archie’s reputation is based, including “Took The Children Away”, “Down City Streets”, “A Child Was Born Here”, “Beggar Man” and “Weeping In The Forest”, as well as a demo of his AFL footy song “Colour of Your Jumper”.
Creation comes one year after the release of Archie’s latest album “Into The Bloodstream”, which completed Archie’s remarkable comeback following the passing of his wife Ruby Hunter and his recovery from both a stroke and lung cancer. It follows the admission of his song “Took The Children Away” (featured here) in the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia Registry (alongside AC/DC and Kylie). Archie’s profile is now higher than at any point in his career.