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Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

17 Sept. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 14 Sept. 2012
  • Release Date: 14 Sept. 2012
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Zappa Family Trust
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  • Total Length: 41:20
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  • ASIN: B00968E4P4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,380 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Colin C. on 14 Aug. 2012
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This has long been one of my faves from Franks wonderful treasures, in its original 1968 form. However, this new 2012 release is the same 1984 Digital Remix that was released back in 1987, with the newly added drums and bass, which totally overpower everything else. This is very disappointing because the new release of Hot Rats is back to the original, and in my personal opinion, far superior recording. So if you already own a 1987 copy, as I did, and were hoping for the original 1968 master, you may want to give this one a miss. Update 11.6.13. Since writing my original review I was contacted by a Mr Jon Shaw, who kindly informed me that the 1968 stereo mix is now available under the title of 'Greasy Love Songs' I have now purchased this direct from Zappa.com for £24.64 incl. delivery from the U.S.A. It really is a beautifully put together package, including 2009 remastering by Doug Sax, and worth every penny. Once again, thank you Jon.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr Lapelle on 29 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Something real nasty must have occurred in the ugliest part of Frank's body for him to replace the sublime original version of this minor masterpiece (released in 1968) with the horrendous faecal matter remix offered on this CD. Not only did he wipe the wonderful original bass and drum tracks (replacing them with inappropriate 1980s style playing) he even faded one track "Later That Night" early - thereby omitting a crucial part of the song! I thought it couldn't happen here but it happened here...

In the early 1990s I sold my entire vinyl collection with a view to replacing it with a bunch of lovely pristine sounding CDs, free of distracting surface noises and virtually indestructible to boot! Had I heard some of the Zappa CDs that would soon be my displeasure to own, I would never have sold their vinyl counterparts, oh that`s for sure. One by one I found Zappa had messed up almost all my favourites, the worst offenders being "We're Only In It For The Money", "Hot Rats" and this one, "Ruben & The Jets".

He tampered with others as well, but to a lesser extent. Under pressure, "Money" was eventually re-released in its original form, but frustratingly not the others. In the meantime, at no small expense, I've had to track down mint copies of the original vinyls and transfer them to CDR - phew, what a palaver! But worth it.

If you haven't heard the original, you may get something out of this CD, but otherwise you'd be advised to steer well clear!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adam C. Bennette on 17 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The original recording of Ruben and the Jets is one of the best ever Zappa albums, even though he might not have cared for that judgement, after all, he was trying to take the piss. Nevertheless it is genius. Then he mixed modern bass and efects on it AND COMPLETELY RUINED THE SOUND. What was he thinking? Zappa mixed the BEST SOUNDING albums while others failed miserably, and then he went and did this. Do not buy the re-mixed CD, look for the original. At least listen to the original before deciding to buy this CD.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bob Isaaks on 17 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Cruising with Ruben and the Jets" is a unique, even by Zappa's
standards, record - an hommage to classic doo-wop by a connoiseur of
the genre. This record sounds like no other record you've ever heard,inspired by certain low-budget doo-wop hits of the fifties,
for example "Earth Angel". For some strange reason, Zappa "modernized" both this LP and "We're only in it for the Money" with
new bass and drums, which wasn't very successfull, and while "Money"
is on CD in it's original mix, "Ruben" has the dubious honour of being the only Zappa-record not released on CD.Avoid this, and find
this fantastic record on vinyl instead!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By czgibson on 23 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Doo-wop tunes galore, together with redone versions of songs from Freak Out!, this is probably the weirdest Mothers album. A lot of fans hated it when it first came out, and many still do - but it's important to realise that the band loved this kind of music, and played it to please themselves. It informs the rest of their output, and it's the purest expression of the doo-wop thread that runs right through FZ's work. He saw it as stupid but charming music with "sub-mongoloid" lyrics and "redundant piano triplets" - and the album has a twisted beauty that reflects this. The best tracks on the album (I think) are the first and the last. "Cheap Thrills" is a joyous greasy rock n roll song that shows that FZ could have written pop songs all the time - he just found them too easy. "Stuff Up the Cracks" is a melodramatic suicide threat in a song, which concludes with a heavy wah-wah guitar solo, as if the band have suddenly decided to play rock music again. The current version of this album has overdubbed bass and drum parts by Arthur Barrow and Chad Wackerman (among other changes), done at FZ's insistence in the early 80s - which make the album sound even weirder. Hopefully we'll get to hear the original again one day...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
The CD version was severely remixed in the 80's, with new drum and bass added to the point that it basically sounds like a different album from the original vinyl, which came out in 1968!
How weird is that? A 60's album that sounds like something from the era of Duran Duran & Spandau Ballet. .. ok it's not that bad, but things like reverb/echo are noticably 'digitised' up. Why did Frank bother? who knows..
Taking the album as it is, it's unique in Zappa's catalogue, as he is exploring 50's doo-wop, though obviously with his spin on it, with a touch of humour thrown in to boot.
I would urge people to try and seek out the vinyl by any means necessary as that is a 4 or 5 star album. The CD version is 3 stars. That said, maybe people will prefer the CD. I just think a 60's album ought to sound like a 60's album, and not a weird cross 60's-80's hybrid.
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