Charles Farren

You've Changed My Whole Life Around / A Girl Like You

Hawk: 200

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  • Artist: Charles Farren
  • A Side: You've Changed My Whole Life Around
  • B Side: A Girl Like You
  • Label: Hawk
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E+
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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One of Chicago's unsung Soul-maker "greats" Bob Lee. With his neighbourhood label, that has provided the Northern Soul collector with some seriously rare teasers to chase over the years. His penchant for the strong production is underlined by this snarling statement from a reformed man. Charles Farren has had his life turned around, and although his growling delivery does sound very joyous, he has found a woman's love, so good, he's stopped "Playing Around"..

The signature "Chicago" male vocal presence, had the bar already set high by Johnny Sayles, Syl Johnson, E. Rodney Jones etc. who's gnarled growls have became part of the Northern Soul allniter fabric. Charles Farren on this street-level session matches any booming voice you care to mention, magnificently propelled by honkin' horns makes for a truly imposing dancer... A 45 that is slowly but surely making an impact on the scene, after snoozing as an occasionally played choice to spice up an imaginative DJ set.

Today this Chicago statement has disappeared from view some years ago, now ideally perched for huge comeback. There is certainly no need to air inferior Northern Soul dancers whilst Chicago Soul-Salvos of this calibre wait in the wings..

Check out this potent onslaught of Northern Soul that would ignite such places as the trailblazing "Grumpy Soul" events into pandemonium...

If you love your Northern Soul with "Meat & Potatoes before you today is REAL DEAL NORTHERN SOUL that lovers of the Johnny Sayles style will not be able to resist!

Condition Report

Two flawless yellow labels, no fade, writing, or tears. Vinyl is very close to Mint minus, strong light reveal a few sleeve contact blemishes that do not affect plays. Visually EX+ plays Mint minus

A Side

  • Title: You've Changed My Whole Life Around

    B Side

  • Title: A Girl Like You
  • Year: 1966
  • City: Chicago, il