- Released: July 31, 2012
- Label: Zappa
Q - 8/95, pp.150-1513 Stars
- Good - "...this indulges solely the Mothers' affection for doo-wop, re-casting some FREAK OUT! songs in that style alongside originals which intermittently transcend the nostalgia..."
- 1.Cheap Thrills
- 2.Love of My Life
- 3.How Could I Be Such a Fool
- 5.I'm Not Satisfied
- 6.Jelly Roll Gum Drop
- 8.Later That Night
- 9.You Didn't Try To Call Me
- 10.Fountain of Love
- 11.No. No. No.
- 12.Anyway the Wind Blows
- 13.Stuff Up the Cracks
Full performer name: Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention.
Personnel: Frank Zappa (vocals, guitar); Roy Estrada (vocals, bass); Ray Collins (vocals); Motorhead Sherwood (baritone saxophone, tambourine); Bunk Gardner (alto & tenor saxophones); Ian Underwood (alto & tenor saxophones, piano); Don Preston (piano); Jimmy Carl Black, Arthur Dyer Tripp III (drums).
Recorded at Apostolic Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: Frank Zappa (guitar); Ray Collins (vocals); Ian Underwood (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano); Bunk Gardner (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Motorhead Sherwood (baritone saxophone, tambourine); Don Preston (piano); Roy Estrada (electric bass).
Liner Note Author: Frank Zappa.
Recording information: Apostolic Studios, New York.
Photographers: Dick Barber; Cal Schenkel.
Having blown the music world's mind with the Mothers, Frank Zappa made a left turn to indulge his childhood love of doo-wop. Recording with the rest of the Mothers, he created CRUISING WITH RUBEN & THE JETS, an album of "greasy love songs and cretin simplicity." It is also an album of authentically performed doo-wop songs that might have even been hits had they been recorded a decade earlier. From the falsetto voice singing of unrequited love, street-corner background harmonies and "Earth Angel"- styled narratives in "Love Of My Life " and "Deseri" to the questionable production values, Zappa accurately recreated the doo-wop sound. In the process, he proved that there was more to his talent than a crude sense of humor.