‘Cruising with Ruben & the Jets’ by the Mothers of Invention

‘Cruising with Ruben & the Jets’ by the Mothers of Invention is their fourth studio album released on December 2, 1968 by Bizarre And Verve Records.

Track Listing : 1.Cheap Thrills (Frank Zappa) – 02:23 . 2.Love Of My Life (Frank Zappa, Ray Collins) – 03:10 . 3.How Could I Be Such A Fool (Frank Zappa) – 03:35 . 4.Deseri (Collins, Paul Buff) – 02:07 . 5.I’M Not Satisfied (Frank Zappa) – 04:03 . 6.Jelly Roll Gum Drop (Frank Zappa) – 02:20 . 7.Anything (Ray Collins) – 03:04 . 8.Later That Night (Frank Zappa) – 03:06 . 9.You Didn’T Try To Call Me (Frank Zappa) – 03:57 . 10.Fountain Of Love (Frank Zappa, Ray Collins) – 03:01 . 11.No. No. No. (Frank Zappa) – 02:29 . 12.Anyway The Wind Blows (Frank Zappa) – 02:58 . 13.Stuff Up The Cracks (Frank Zappa) – 04:35

Musicians : Frank Zappa – Rock Guitar, Keyboards, Sound Effects, Vocals, Bass, Drums . Jimmy Carl Black – Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Rhythm Guitar . Ray Collins – Guitar, Vocals . Roy Estrada – Bass, Electric Bass, Sound Effects, Vocals, Voices . Bunk Gardner – Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone . Don Preston – Bass, Piano, Keyboards . Euclid James “Motorhead” Sherwood – Baritone Saxophone, Tambourine, Guitar, Vocals, Wind . Art Tripp – Drums, Percussion . Ian Underwood – Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wind . The Mothers Of Invention – Band

Production : Produced By Frank Zappa . Dick Kunc – Engineer

Package : Cal Schenkel – Cover Art . Frank Zappa – Art Direction . Dick Barber – Photography

Recorded December 1967 – February 1968 At Apostolic Studios, Nyc.

ReleasedOn December 2, 1968 By Bizarre And Verve Records.


“Cruising With Ruben & The Jets” oddly is an acquired taste, with it being difficult to grasp the idea of the Mothers doing doo-wop of all genres. There are no musical freak-outs present on the album, with the entire album being calm and serene, another trait of doo-wop. […]

The Daily Vault
Be that as it may, there is still a lot of listenable material on this disc. Both “Deseri” and “Jelly Roll Gum Drop” are quite enjoyableand if you didn’t read the credits, you may even swear they were old songs covered by the Mothers. But Cruising With Ruben & The Jets, while somewhat worthwhile, does prove that you can have too much of a good thing. […]

Frank Zappa‘s Revenge
But what really has a lot of Zappaphiles in a dither is the fact that Frank re-worked the original tapes in 1984 and re-released a different version from the vinyl on CD. […]


‘Cruising with Ruben & the Jets’ by the Mothers of Invention



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