Frank Zappa - Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
"Is this the Mothers of Invention recording under a different name in a last-ditch attempt to get their cruddy music on the radio?" It didn't work, but who cares: this now stands as a much-loved, oddball item in the mothers catalogue. Zappa's love for the '50s doo-wop style of early rock'n'roll was never much of a secret, and this collection of (just barely) original tunes was both a tribute and an affectionate send up. As Zappa explained at the time, "we made it because we really like this kind of music." After placing doo-wop homages like Wowie Zowie on earlier Mothers albums, Zappa went all the way with silly gems like Cheap Thrills and Jelly Roll Gum Drop, with the original Mothers in all their greasy splendor; while How Could I be Such a Fool and Stuff up the Cracks lampooned the melodrama of early rock ballads.
LP - 180 Gram Vinyl with Download.