Category: Detroit Soul

100 Proof Aged In Soul & Syl Johnson

100 Proof’s blistering ‘Somebody’s Been Sleeping’ was an R&B and pop hit in the summer of 1970, and arguably one of the finest 45s to emerge from Holland, Dozier & Holland’s Invictus/Hot Wax stable.

Easy to dismiss as lightweight pop soul, everything about this 45 is class. From the chiming guitar introduction, doom-laden bass line and ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’ chant the tone is set perfectly. An adult twist is given to the Goldilocks and Three Bears fairy tale, with lead vocalist Steve Mancha on fine form as he rasps his dismay at the telling evidence of an unknown visitor to his marital home – ‘Cigarettes in the ash tray, and I don’t even smoke’ and ‘My brand new silk pyjama’s, They’re rolled up in the chair’.