One of the most touching and significant Australian albums of all time is being remastered and released with new material.
Archie Roach’s Charcoal Lane was first released in 1990 and this re-release will include the remastered version of the original album along with a second disc of five acoustic tracks recorded live for Triple j’s Live at the Wireless in 1990 plus new recordings by other artists. Paul Kelly, Courtney Barnett, Dan Sultan, Emma Donovan, Marlon Williams, Leah Flanagan, Radical Son, Urthboy, Briggs, Gurrumul and Dewayne Everettsmith all feature on the additional material.
Charcoal Lane was co-produced by Steve Connolly and Paul Kelly and rocketed Roach into the national consciousness. The album won Roach two ARIA awards, achieved gold sales, and unprecedentedly, an international Human Rights Achievement Award for the song Took The Children Away. The song was written by Roach about his own experience of being forcibly removed from his family and community at a young age.
In case you doubt Archie Roach’s credentials and his role in Australian music history, the number of Awards he’s won is enormous. From 1991 when he won an Aria Award for Best New Talent as well as Best Indigenous Release (which he won again in 1997 for Hold On Tight and 1998 for Looking for Butter Boy), to a truckload of Deadly Awards, more Arias for Best Adult Contemporary as well as nominations for Best Original Soundtrack, producer of the Year and Best World Music Album, Archie Roach is both prolific in his song-writing and deep in the impact he’s had.
He’s won a Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert for Songs from the River with his wife Ruby Hunter and in 2013 he was inducted into the NIMA Hall of Fame and received a Deadly Lifetime Achievement Award.
The accolades continue for Archie Roach and rightly so. If you don’t already own Charcoal Lane this is the ideal opportunity to grab a slice of Australian music history.
Charcoal Lane’s 25th anniversary edition will be released on 6 November. More at http://www.archieroach.com.au.
Paul Kelly & Courtney Barnett Charcoal Lane
Dan Sultan & Emma Donovan Munjuna
Marlon Williams & Leah Flanagan I’ve Lied
Ellie Lovegrove & Nancy Bates Beautiful Child
Emma Donovan & The PutBacks (Featuring Archie Roach) Down City Streets
Radical Son & Urthboy Produced by Trials No No No
Briggs & Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith The Children Came Back