The Modulations – 1975 – It’s Rough Out Here
Read Reviews, Buy the Album or Download the Album for free
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!
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
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)
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.