Mothers of Invention – Cruising With Ruben & the Jets sealed U.S. Verve LP


A sealed original U.S. pressing of the 1968 LP Cruising With Ruben & the Jets by the Mothers of Invention.

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Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. pressing of Cruising With Ruben & the Jets by the Mothers of Invention.

About this copy: This copy of Cruising With Ruben & the Jets is a sealed U.S. pressing on the Verve label.

As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.  There are no cutout marks on the cover.

Label variation is unknown, but the pressing is thick and rather heavy (14 oz/392 g) so it’s likely an original pressing.

This pressing may or may not include the inserts or how to do the bop or how to comb and set a jellyroll.  Some copies had them; other copies did not. As the album is sealed, we don’t know.

A gorgeous copy of a hard to find Zappa/Mothers LP and one that is likely to be your final upgrade.

Background: Released in 1968, Cruising With Ruben & the Jets was the fourth album by the Mothers of Invention.

A tongue-in-cheek spoof/homage of songs from the doo wop era, the album peaked at #110 on the U.S. album chart, and it did not make the charts in any other country. gave Cruising With Ruben & the Jets a 3 star review:

Frank Zappa loved ’50s doo wop music. He grew up with it, collected it, and it was the first kind of pop music he wrote (“Memories of El Monte,” recorded by the Penguins in 1962). Cruising with Ruben & the Jets, the Mothers of Invention’s fourth LP, is a collection of such music, all Zappa originals (some co-written with MOI singer Ray Collins). To the unexperienced, songs like “Cheap Thrills,” “Deseri,” and “Jelly Roll Gum Drop” may sound like an average doo wop song. A closer look reveals unusual chord sequences, Stravinsky quotes, and hilariously moronic lyrics — all wrapped in four-way harmony vocals and linear piano triplets.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Verve
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in