100 Proof Aged In Soul – 1971 – Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed
Intro biographyby AMG Main Review by RDTEN1 and AMG
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.
A1 Somebody’s Been Sleeping 4:11
A2 Love Is Sweeter (The Second Time Around) 3:32
A3 One Man’s Leftovers (Is Another Man’s Feast) 2:43
A4 I’ve Come to Save You 2:59
A5 Ain’t That Lovin’ You (For More Reasons Than One) 6:34
A6 Not Enough Love to Satisfy 3:23
B1 Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number 2:52
B2 She’s Not Just Another Woman 3:21
B3 Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup) 2:52
B4 I Can’t Sit and Wait (Til Johnny Comes Marching Home) 3:06
B5 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.