A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Cruising With Ruben & The Jets is his doo-wop concept album, in which his Mothers Of Invention dress up as the titular fictional band. That makes it remarkably coherent for a 60’s Zappa album, though traces of weirdness certainly remain. 180g vinyl reissue.
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- Cruising With Ruben & The Jets by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
8/10 Jack Customer review, 7th December 2016
Not necessarily the finest Mothers album ever - Ruben and the Jets still does a fine job of bringing some Doo-Wop inspired Zappa tunes to life. As men born in the late 1930's and early 1940's, they grew up listening to the type of music featured exclusively on this disc. And they play it well, but I personally think it was two-fold: One, to have some fun recording the music of their roots, and two, as proof to their detractors that they can play "simple" music. Even if it isn't the full compliment of original players, it still is a really good record by a really good band.
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