New Creation album catches eye of Belgium collector

A vinyl copy of Troubled, the 1970 debut LP by Vancouver Christian garage rockers the New Creation, recently sold on eBay for over US$1,700 to a collector in Belgium. It was part of a lot believed to be from the collection of British pop star Sir Cliff Richard. Inclusion of an original typewritten note with the album, apparently by New Creation cofounder Lorna Towers, may indicate that Towers sent the album to Sir Cliff herself. Towers has no recollection of the episode, but her son and bandmate Chris Towers told the Straight he “vaguely” remembers “a conversation” about it. “It's highly possible,” he said, “because he was a Christian and because he had toured with the Billy Graham Crusades.” The based-in-Vancouver New Creation is still together and released an album in 2004 called A Unique Disaster.

The Troubled note lists the titles of New Creation songs and the locations where they were composed, including Vancouver, Coquitlam, Hawaii, and Norwich, England—all home to Lorna Towers at different periods. Asked his reaction to the sizable price the album fetched, Chris Towers commented, “It's far beyond belief. I feel flattered and totally amazed.”