Another Anniversary Frank Zappa Audio Documentary project/object celebrating Zappa’s ‘Cruising With Ruben and The Jets.’ The Doo Wop and Pachuco references mark this as Zappa’s homage to the music and culture of his teenage world in 1950′s Southern California. Contains Original 1968 Vinyl Stereo Mix, Interviews and Related Rarities.
“This is an album of greasy love songs cretin simplicity,” says Zappa in the original liner notes for the album he produced in 1968. “We made it because we really like this kind of music (just a bunch of old men with rock and roll clothes on sitting around the studio mumbling about the good old days).” Joe Travers calls this release a “UMRK (Utility Muffin Research Kitchen) Boss First” – the original stereo mix, the original release.
‘Greasy Love Songs’ is due out May 1st on Zappa Records. Yes. The digipak is made from Metalyzed Polyester foil paper.
Among additional tracks included are alternate mono mixes, an unreleased cover of “Valerie” which enjoyed heavy rotation in the Mothers’ concerts circa 1967 and a version of “Love of My Life” from Studio Z, bringing this CD from 40 minutes in the vinyl release to well over an hour of “the stuff of teen-age legend,” according to Gail Zappa’s text. “The thrall, the threnodies, the three and four part harmonies, the keys to the kingdom of sociological and panchromatic sexual edification.” The package, #3 in the FZ Audio Documentary Series, also contains Cheech Marin’s highly evocative liner notes recalling his 1968 audition for Zappa.
The Mothers of Invention per Frank Zappa’s original liner notes on ‘Cruising With Ruben and The Jets’:
Ray Collins: lead vocals
Frank Zappa: low grumbles, oo-wah lead guitar
Roy Estrada: high weazlings, dwaedy-doop electric bass
Jimmy Carl Black and/or Arthur Dyer Tripp III: lewd pulsating rhythm
Ian Underwood or Don Preston: redundant piano triplets
Motorhead Sherwood: baritone sax tambourine
Bunk Gardner and Ian Underwood: tenor alto saxes