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Dan Sultan Covers Archie Roach’s “Perfect Song” for Mushroom 50

Dan Sultan follows the likes of Gordi, Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins in releasing a special cover to mark Mushroom’s 50th birthday

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The latest Mushroom 50 cover has been revealed.

Formed by the late, great Michael Gudinski in 1972, Mushroom Group released its first album the following year, the iconic Sunbury 1973, The Great Australian Rock Festival. Very quickly Gudinski established Mushroom as one of Australia’s foremost and finest record labels; 50 years later, Mushroom now represents Australian culture around the world, as well as bringing the globe’s best talent to this country.

That’s why Mushroom decided to mark its five decades at the top in such style. Before a massive Mushroom 50 concert in November featuring a to-be-announced all-star lineup, some of Australia’s most iconic musicians will release stunning works throughout the year.

Last month, Gordi followed Paul KellyThe Temper Trap, Missy Higgins, and Bliss n Eso with a gorgeous take on Violent Soho’s “Covered In Chrome”.

And now Dan Sultan has shared a striking cover of Archie Roach’s momentous “Took the Children Away”. A key member of Mushroom’s recent history, having signed to Mushroom MUsic Publishing in 2008 and joined the Liberation Records roster five years later, the singer-songwriter is also noted for his kinship with Roach.

“”Took The Children Away” is, to me, the perfect song,” Sultan says. “Wonderful melodies with strong and powerful chord progressions, and the lyrics are perfect storytelling.

“And above all else, it means so much. Whether a song really means something is, in my opinion, what makes it great or not and this work is what I see as the pinnacle of Artistic Endeavour. I love this song for all those reasons and I’m honoured to know it and to perform it.”

You can listen to Sultan’s cover below. The series will end with the release of a Mushroom 50 album containing all the songs, serving as the definitive compilation of reimagined Mushroom music.

Dan Sultan’s “Took the Children Away” (Archie Roach cover) is out now via Mushroom Group.