100 Proof Aged In Soul – 1971 – Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed

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100 Proof Aged In Soul

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Rip, research, posting and additional info’s by Nikos

100 Proof (Aged in Soul) teamed Detroit area vocalists Steve Mancha (born Clyde Wilson), Eddie Holiday (Eddie Anderson), and Joe Stubbs (the brother of the Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs and an alumnus of the Contours and the Falcons). The trio was assembled by the famed writing and producing team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, who in 1967 left the Motown label to set up their own record companies, Invictus and Hot Wax; they signed 100 Proof to the latter, and in 1969 issued the group’s debut single, “Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)“. The follow-up, “Somebody’s Been Sleeping“, cracked the pop Top Ten in the fall of 1970; boasting a gritty, earthy approach closer in spirit to Southern soul than the Motor City’s trademark sound, the group issued a pair of LPs –Somebody’s Been Sleeping in My Bed and the 1972 effort 100 Proof – but never again recaptured the commercial momentum of their first hit, finally dissolving in 1973. The 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) name was briefly resurrected, albeit with an all-new lineup, in 1977.

Somebody’s Been Sleeping 4:11
Love Is Sweeter (The Second Time Around) 3:32
One Man’s Leftovers (Is Another Man’s Feast) 2:43
I’ve Come to Save You 2:59
Ain’t That Lovin’ You (For More Reasons Than One) 6:34
Not Enough Love to Satisfy 3:23
Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number 2:52
She’s Not Just Another Woman 3:21
Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)  2:52
I Can’t Sit and Wait (Til Johnny Comes Marching Home) 3:06
Backtrack 2:35

I‘ve always wondered why these guys weren’t major stars.  

Following their break-up with Motown, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland formed their own Hot Wax label.  One of their first creative moves was to form 100 Proof Aged In Soul.  The group featured the talents of Eddie Holiday (aka Eddie Anderson), Steve Mancha (aka Clyde Wilson) and former Contours, Falcons, and Originals alumnist Joe Stubbs.  

Released in 1969, the trio debuted with the single ‘Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)‘ b/w ‘Not Enough Love To Satisfy (Hot Wax catalog number HS-6904).  A minor hit (top-40 R&B and top-100 pop), the single was followed by nursery rhyme-ish ‘Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed‘ b/w ‘I’ve Come To Save You‘ (Hot Wax catalog number HS-7004).  The second single went top-10 pop and R&B, leading Hot Wax to eventually finance a supporting album.  

Boasting one of the year’s oddest cover (see the picture to the left), the cleverly-titled “Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed” showcased the cream of Hot Wax’s writing and production staff (Angelo Bond, Ronald Dunbar, General Johnson and Greg Perry) on a first rate selection of highly commercial, Motown-ish soul.  Boasting two top-notch lead vocalists in Mancha and Stubbs (the two sounded very similar to my ears), most of the 11 tracks had commercial potential.  First rate melodies with entertaining lyrics made tracks such as ‘Not Enough Love To Satisfy‘, ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number‘ and the tougher ‘She’s Not Just Another Woman’ a sheer pleasure.  In fact the only track that didn’t really click with me was Stubbs’ extended make out ballad ‘Ain’t That Lovin’ You (For More Reasons Than One)‘.  The album included all four tracks off of the first two singles.  Elsewhere ‘One Man’s Leftover’s (Is Another Man’s Feast)‘ b/w ‘If I Could See the Light In the Window‘ (Hot Wax catalog number HS-7009) was also released as a single.

100 Proof Aged In Soul — what a name! This Detroit group is classified as one-hit wonders since they only cracked the pop Top 40 once with the alarming “Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed.” They did, however, have some R&B hits that didn’t cross over. The original lineup included Steve Mancha (born Clyde Wilson), Joe Stubbs (Levi Stubbs’ brother), and Eddie Holiday. Joe and Steve handle the leads; their voices are so similar that it takes a good ear and lots of listening to discern who’s who. This LP is a cornucopia of soul. The title song finds a cheated lover discovering evidence of his woman’s infidelity; written by General Johnson (Chairmen of the Board), Greg Perry and Angelo Bond, the song was their second release on the Hot Wax label. Joe Stubbs does a scintillating version of Luther Ingram’s “Ain’t That Lovin’ You (For More Reason Than One)” that’s better than the original; Stubbs can be heard persuading his date to stop by his place for some fun, and she does. Steve gets to lead “She’s Not Just Another Woman,” a lively tune with an odd jumping beat sung in testifying fashion. Ironically, this same recording hit by another Invictus/Hot Wax group called the Eighth Day — the same song, track and vocal; it was never released under the name 100 Proof Aged In Soul. “Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup),” their debut single, has a nice horn section that’s complemented by a stinging rhythm section. None of the songs are fillers or stiffs; the titles are creative and the lyrics will make you chuckle. The album cover is strange: the front depicts a bird’s nest holding one egg with a question mark stamped on it; the back cover depicts an empty nest with a bird lying outside flat on its back, dead. A picture of the group would have been appreciated more.

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  • jahcisco
    Posted at 22:21h, 02 September 2012 Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.

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    Posted at 01:41h, 03 September 2012 Reply

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    Posted at 13:03h, 03 September 2012 Reply

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  • SM1
    Posted at 11:21h, 06 September 2012 Reply

    beautiful…beautiful song…thank you for this unforgettable memory.

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    Posted at 11:25h, 06 September 2012 Reply

    Love this. Thanks for posting.

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    Posted at 22:40h, 06 September 2012 Reply

    Nice funky. Thanks for posting.

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    Posted at 12:28h, 07 September 2012 Reply

    My Dad loves this track and he’s breathed into me.

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    Posted at 19:47h, 07 September 2012 Reply

    Used to tighten up to this song…whew

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    Posted at 22:09h, 07 September 2012 Reply

    Dude i’m 17 so i’d consider myself the “youth” and i love this oldschool shit 🙂

  • Lou
    Posted at 22:20h, 09 September 2012 Reply

    Real stuff, still good today.

  • Moonchild
    Posted at 22:50h, 09 September 2012 Reply

    Thank you for this unforgettable memory.

  • Patsoul
    Posted at 09:01h, 10 September 2012 Reply

    My second best from the beginning of Philadelphia soul; the first one was “Chairmen of the board – Give me just a lttle more time. Many thanks for sharing.

  • Gameover
    Posted at 13:16h, 14 September 2012 Reply

    Luv it. Thank u.

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    Posted at 11:18h, 16 September 2012 Reply

    Yes yes yes love it. All those memories.To all those DJ’s back in the day who knew how to pump it up.

  • Leon
    Posted at 11:20h, 16 September 2012 Reply

    They got the FUNK!!!!

  • Daz
    Posted at 01:36h, 18 September 2012 Reply

    Hey man, just found your site in the last couple of days, what a great place. Remember so many of these great albums in the 70’s, feels like a mind rush!
    Really appreciate all these gifts. Could I ask a question, is there an ID mark or something that indicates if a post is LP or CD? I only ask because I’ve lived the vinyl age, and would really like to replace them with a nice clean substitute. I may have something for you that you might enjoy shortly! 😉

  • Nikos
    Posted at 09:13h, 18 September 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much for your support and the gift you sent.
    There’s no mark if it is an LP or CD mark. Most of the them are LP rip. This the general idea.

  • Funkydrops
    Posted at 15:36h, 21 September 2012 Reply

    I’ve got this LP in wonderful conditions 🙂 I always pass a cut or two from it when I play, it’s superfresh!

  • Byrd57
    Posted at 14:56h, 24 September 2012 Reply

    A great post, as usual !
    But 2 tracks are missing :
    A5 Ain’t That Lovin’ You (For More Reasons Than One) & B4 I Can’t Sit and Wait (Til Johnny Comes Marching Home)
    Could you repost them please?

  • Byrd57
    Posted at 15:52h, 24 September 2012 Reply

    I’ve tried several new times with both solutions.
    The download capacity is ok (68,2 Mo) the unrar is only 50,3 Mo…

  • Nikos
    Posted at 18:39h, 24 September 2012 Reply

    I’ve downloaded both ways and the file is fine. No track is missing. You do something wrong. Try again.

  • Jan
    Posted at 22:53h, 19 March 2013 Reply

    Thank you for this nice album.

  • Aprilly
    Posted at 23:33h, 11 January 2015 Reply

    Dang, link is not working! Any chance of a re-up?

  • Nikos
    Posted at 00:01h, 13 January 2015 Reply

    Done! We always re-up links.

  • Neil
    Posted at 02:02h, 26 August 2016 Reply

    For a time the line-up of 100 Proof Aged In Soul and another band the 8th Day were identical. Not wanting this to be discovered and the often changing line-up may explain the lack of photos of the band on the cover. Terrible band name, but one of my favourite soul albums.

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