Cruising with Ruben & the Jets

Cruising with Ruben & the Jets

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by The Mothers of Invention
     
 

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Frank Zappa loved '50s doo wop music. He grew up with it, collected it, and it was the first kind of pop music he wrote (like "Memories of El Monte," recorded by the Penguins in 1962). Cruising With Ruben & the Jets, the Mothers of Invention's fourth LP, is a collection of such music, all Zappa originals (some co-written with MOI singer Ray Collins). To the…  See more details below

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Frank Zappa loved '50s doo wop music. He grew up with it, collected it, and it was the first kind of pop music he wrote (like "Memories of El Monte," recorded by the Penguins in 1962). Cruising With Ruben & the Jets, the Mothers of Invention's fourth LP, is a collection of such music, all Zappa originals (some co-written with MOI singer Ray Collins). To the unexperienced, songs like "Cheap Thrills," "Deseri," and "Jelly Roll Gum Drop" can sound like an average doo wop song. A closer look reveals unusual chord sequences, Stravinsky quotes, and hilariously moronic lyrics -- all that wrapped in four-way harmony vocals and linear piano triplets. A handful of songs from the group's 1966 debut, Freak Out, were rearranged ("How Could I Be Such a Fool" and "Anyway the Wind Blows" give the weirdest results), old material predating the Mothers was recycled ("Fountain of Love"), "Love of My Life," and "You Didn't Try to Call Me" became live staples. [For the album's first CD reissue in 1985, Zappa had bassist Arthur Barrow and drummer Chad Wackerman re-recording rhythm tracks for all but one song. Since then, all reissues have followed the 1985 mix, leaving "Stuff up the Cracks" the only surviving example of what Cruising With Ruben & the Jets really sounded like. Finally, in 2010, the original vinyl mix was released by the Zappa Family Trust as Greasy Love Songs.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
Label:
Zappa Records
UPC:
0824302383827
catalogNumber:
3838
Rank:
47117

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mothers of Invention   Primary Artist
Frank Zappa   Indexed Contributor,Guitar
Don Preston   Piano
Jimmy Carl Black   Rhythm
Ray Collins   Vocals
Roy Estrada   Electric Bass
Bunk Gardner   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Motorhead Sherwood   Baritone Saxophone,Tambourine
Ian Underwood   Piano,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Dyer Tripp   Rhythm

Technical Credits

Ray Collins   Composer
Paul Buff   Composer
Frank Zappa   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Dick Kunc   Engineer
Cal Schenkel   Cover Art

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Cruising with Ruben & the Jets 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
An album never intended to be taken too seriously but some of these tunes Zappa played live for the rest of his life. Fun if you remember 50's Rock and DooWop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For people that MUST have this album, I have heard that the original pressing is the best. The album is ok, but the drums were overdubbed in the 90s I think, and they don't sound that good. The songs on the album that were on other albums, e.g. Any Way the Wind Blows, are entirely different. But not in a good way. However, the live versions of these songs, like Love of My Life on Son of Cheap Thrills, are much better. I would not recommend this album. It's only saving device are the lyrics...check out stuff up the cracks. I had no idea what the song was about until I read the lyrics to it. If you want to fill out your FZ collection, then get this used.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago