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[*] posted on 8-11-2005 at 16:17
Cruisin' with Ruben & The Jets


This album blows. It's based on 50s doo-wop and I don't like it at all :mad:



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[*] posted on 8-11-2005 at 16:33


I only have the CD, and I don't really like the sound of it... my 2nd least played album. (least played being Man From Utopia). I've read the vinyl is tons better, but it's rare to find. I've seen a second-hand at E 25, which is slightly more than I'm willing to pay.



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[*] posted on 8-11-2005 at 16:53


Ah well...



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[*] posted on 8-11-2005 at 17:15


I kinda like the tunes on this album, they definitely do grow on you. The vinyl does sound better, with the original drum and bass tracks. You should be able to get it from Soulseek or another file sharing service if you don't want to pay for the vinyl. :)



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[*] posted on 8-11-2005 at 21:35


Nah, I just don't like the songs.



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[*] posted on 8-11-2005 at 23:38


I'm a fan of Ruben. I like the simulated moronicity and Zappa's po-faced lampooning of an entire genre.

Then again, it's probably one of Zappa's more banal releases. I strongly urge those who haven't heard the vinyl mix to track it down, because the CD edition is appalling.




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[*] posted on 9-11-2005 at 10:08


Banal or anal? :P



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[*] posted on 9-11-2005 at 12:27


Cruising With Ruben RULES!!! Its all about satire and tributes man, a very important Zappa record IMO. All the songs are great on it too, I am astounded by the apathy here!



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[*] posted on 9-11-2005 at 14:21


I disagree, but I'll give it another listen.



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[*] posted on 9-11-2005 at 17:14


Its all part of the big picture! Get all his releases, and eventually they will all make sense to you. Conceptual Continuity is a very deep thing, and EVERYTHING MATTERS!It will all make sense to you in the end, if you continue to delve...



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[*] posted on 9-11-2005 at 19:33


I like it...



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[*] posted on 9-11-2005 at 20:34


Re-listening to it now, it's better now than it was to me. I still don't like the way they've re-recorded some FO! material, I prefer the originals.



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[*] posted on 10-11-2005 at 16:34


Its strange how at first they seem alien to you, then all of a sudden it all makes sense.....As I said, Conceptual Continuity is a deep thing, but above all, it WORKS for the enthusiast...



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[*] posted on 10-11-2005 at 16:35


Next up try Francesco Zappa, that sucker is a tough one!! For ages it didnt get a chance with me, but now every now and then it does get aired. After reading Them Or Us, it became more apparent in the grand scheme of things....( see how this all works? )....And alot of people seem to have major problems with Thing Fish, which I really cant see why.....



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[*] posted on 10-11-2005 at 17:43


Am listening to Cruisin' now... It's fun, surely, but why does it remind me of Grease?



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[*] posted on 10-11-2005 at 17:44


Same era, same greasey hairstyles??



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[*] posted on 17-11-2005 at 17:27


I really think you have to listen to the original...
the overdubbed one sucks

For me, it's all in the 'aroma' of it
It's a great album, and it's a good one to sing along with
I never used to sing...but singing and playing some Ruben's
songs helped me get my voice happening

I like to sing 'Fountain of Love' & 'Later That Night'

It's funny, I worked in a guitar shop in the 70's..and my boss
(who was a club muso) had a copy of Ruben's, and he would
play it sometimes. He actually thought it was a genuine 50's
doo-wop group (I didn't have the heart to tell him...heh)

You'd think the wah-wah pedal at the end would've been a giveaway...heh
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[*] posted on 27-11-2005 at 00:17


I really like Francesco Zappa, in spite of being on my worst album lists. I thought it was really very funny, nice, cheerful music.



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[*] posted on 27-11-2005 at 00:28


I do like it, but I cant say I listen to the whole thing all the time....I agree viv, I think thats the case, and why not?



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[*] posted on 27-11-2005 at 00:35


FZ's influence on it is minimal... besides something's got to be in your worst 5... Francesco is just beaten by all that fantastic music Frank made.



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