On December 2, 1968, “Bizarre and “Verve” labels released “Cruising with Ruben & the Jets”, the fourth Mothers of Invention studio album. It is part of Mothers project named “No Commercial potential” which featured three albums: “Uncle Meat”, We’re in it Only for the Money” and “Lumpy Gravy”. “Cruising with Ruben & the Jets” is concept album, based on 50’s doo wop and rock and roll and story about fictitious band named Ruben & the Jets. The album was recorded December 1967 – February 1968, at the “Apostolic Studios” in New York, and was produced by Frank Zappa.
- Frank Zappa– low grumbles, oo-wah and lead guitar, bass, piano, drume
- Roy Estrada– high weazlings, dwaedy-doop and electric bass
- Jimmy Carl Blackand/or Arthur Dyer Tripp III – lewd pulsating rhythm
- Ian Underwoodor and Don Preston – redundant piano triplets
- Motorhead Sherwood– baritone sax, tambourine
- Bunk Gardner, Ian Underwood – alto and tenor saxophone
- Ray Collins– lead vocals
- Cal Schenkel – artwork, cover art
All tracks by Frank Zappa, except where noted.
- Cheap Thrills
- Love of My Life – Frank Zappa and Ray Collins
- How Could I Be Such a Fool
- Deseri – Ray Collins and Paul Buff
- I’m Not Satisfied
- Jerry Roll Gum Drop
- Anything – Ray Collins
- Later That Night
- You Didn’t Try to Call Me
- Fountain of Love – Frank Zappa and Ray Collins
- No. No.
- Anyway the Wind Blows
- Stuff Up the Cracks