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how could he have been such a fool?!
on 29 November 2008
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!