The Modulations – 1975 – It’s Rough Out Here

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The Modulations It's Rough Out Here LP front

Of course we’re talking a 70s vocal group! East Coast “Sweet Soul” at that!

The story is old, as to why so many 70s soul vocal groups didn’t get airplay, despite the quality of their recordings. How could any group, with voices, placed in the hands of ” The Philly Sound” production legends, Norman Harris, Vince Montana, Booby Eli, etc., not emerge from the sessions with some gems? Their one and only 70s album “It’s Rough Out Here” was forged from that stock! For years soul record collectors sought to insure a mint copy of the lp was in their collection, with the interesting cover, a must have for the heavies!

Tracks
A1 Rough Out Here 4:46
A2 Head On Collision With Heartbreak 3:15
A3 Love at Last 5:05
A4 I’ll Always Love You 3:47
B1 I’m Hopelessly in Love 3:18
B2 I Can’t Fight Your Love 3:59
B3 Worth Your Weight in Gold 4:57
B4 Those Were the Best Days of My Life 3:13
B5 Share What You Got Keep What You Need 4:00
(Bonus Track) What Good Am I 3.33
(Bonus Track) Your Love Has Me Locked Up 3.47

The Modulations It's Rough Out Here LP back

This cd, as stated, a slipcase P-Vine Japanese import, has two additional tracks not on the album or the first reissue cd (mid-90s) which is not even on the radar screen any longer! Before “Here today, gone tomorrow” could be uttered it was gone! Despite the prices for the cds, which are much lower and sometimes fractions of, the cost of a mint album, if located, foreign record labels must be given their due for having the knowledge of, insight, and wherewithal to reissue rare soul albums on cd. This cd is currently the only one availible, and as usual, at P-Vine high quality, and as cd history shows, perhaps for how much longer? The music on it is a mix of sweet Philly ballads, mid-tempo, and a little dance. Titles are listed. Once again, a must for any soul music collection of depth. Collectors lp, availible on cd. Buy now! (Amazon Review by William Blackshear)

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No doubt this is an album to keep in mind and has been undeservedly forgotten since its release, even more over the years. The truth is that I like this album from the first cut “It’s Rough Out Here“, which names the album, till the last cut “Share What You Got, Keep What You Need“, an instrumental piece truly amazing.

Actually, this group reached perfection with the musicians of Sigma Studios and especially with Vince Montana the real architect of this great LP. Its beautiful arrangements, strings, woodwinds, were perfectly blended with the voices of the group formed by the legendary Glenn Jones.

Both ballads (attention to the cut “Worth Your Weight In Gold“) as well as up-tempo’s / disco, mainly on  “I Can not Fight Your Love” are great samples of Philly Sound (sitar, keyboards, drums, strings and horns courtesy of Don Renaldo and MFSB).

This is a little Philly gem, yet to be discovered, which well deserves its place in this great legacy that these monsters of music left us.

Highly recommended!

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22 Comments
  • Danny
    Posted at 08:50h, 05 May 2014 Reply

    Wow! Superb!!!!!!

  • John
    Posted at 22:07h, 05 May 2014 Reply

    Thumps up.

  • Vince
    Posted at 22:19h, 05 May 2014 Reply

    I jammed on this a long time ago and still listen to it today.

  • Frank
    Posted at 22:24h, 05 May 2014 Reply

    70s Philly magic moments.

  • Romano
    Posted at 13:00h, 06 May 2014 Reply

    Excellent group and album! I just ordered the cd.

  • Lois
    Posted at 15:44h, 06 May 2014 Reply

    Thanks for this great album. I am so very happy to dig it.

  • Lara Croft
    Posted at 21:42h, 06 May 2014 Reply

    Killer. Thank u.

  • The Real Thing
    Posted at 23:26h, 06 May 2014 Reply

    Absolutely amazing stuff.

  • Mini
    Posted at 23:00h, 07 May 2014 Reply

    So nice. Love it.

  • Paul Thomson
    Posted at 23:05h, 07 May 2014 Reply

    Damn!! Just right through my heart…Can’t go wrong with Philladelphia International.

  • Kostantine
    Posted at 10:31h, 09 May 2014 Reply

    Wow! Wow! Wow! thank you so much.

  • Lemonhead
    Posted at 10:34h, 09 May 2014 Reply

    It seems it’s another 70’s rare classic.

  • Deff11
    Posted at 13:53h, 09 May 2014 Reply

    A truly unsung group. this album is fire.

  • Elem
    Posted at 13:59h, 09 May 2014 Reply

    A lot of people who adore sweet soul don’t know about this gem unless you were up on their album. A must have.

  • Eddie
    Posted at 21:46h, 09 May 2014 Reply

    Great music! Thanks!

  • Gayane
    Posted at 21:59h, 09 May 2014 Reply

    oh yesss!!!! lovely album :))))

  • Melvin
    Posted at 18:45h, 10 May 2014 Reply

    P R I C E L E S S

  • Dexter
    Posted at 10:45h, 11 May 2014 Reply

    This is a treasure. And in a world of music long before pitch correction and associated audio alchemy, these folks sang like angels. LOVE it.

  • Jamie
    Posted at 22:55h, 11 May 2014 Reply

    Brilliant <3 <3 <3 <3 !!!!

  • Georgie
    Posted at 09:53h, 12 May 2014 Reply

    This is really cool. I never heard it before…

  • Joeboy
    Posted at 13:02h, 13 May 2014 Reply

    Thanks FMS, You already uploaded this great Album sometime ago, But great write up, Keep them coming 🙂

  • mAGDAlena
    Posted at 13:18h, 14 May 2014 Reply

    Now this is music.

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