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Album Review

Taking a cue from the almighty Zeppelin on the numerical album title, Zebra bestows a most un-Leded offering. 3.V is mastermind Randy Jackson's last-ditch effort to conquer civilization through his New Orleans power trio; a wise and distinct musical mural depicting the delectable joy of living beyond drugs and despair. The insular production (along with Hanemann's keys) may be off-putting, but once inside 3.V, "He's Making You the Fool," "Your Mind's Open," "Better Not Call," and "Hard Living Without You" rank as some of the best songs ever written in any regard. Following Geddy Lee's lead, Jackson tones down his banshee wail and delicately weaves these masterworks around his powerful pipes, resulting in a (shudder) heavy metal Bee Gees (much cooler than that sounds). Jackson scats, scolds and soars, always keeping things tight. Like the deceptively simple title indicates, 3.V has that certain something extra: more than an album, 3.V opens the mind of an unheralded genius.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Power-Pop

Maybe when this album came out it was considered metal in certain circles, but since '86 pop music as a whole has become a lot more accepting of harder rock, and Zebra's 3.V falls smack in the middle of what would be pure power-pop today. It's a fantastic album that has true depth and emotion. I agree with the iTunes review that the production takes a bit of getting used to, and I often wonder how much the album might benefit from Randy Jackson revisiting it, but overall it's one of my favorites from the mid-80's and an overlooked gem. Several of the tunes are so radio-friendly (and I mean that in a good way) that I have to assume it was mainly due to a lack of record company promotion that Zebra didn't hit it big with this album.

Still rocking 20 years later

1986 was not the best year for music, it is really unfortunate this album was over looked. 3.V sounds great in 2007, well produced effort by a band that is still together today. Nice to see iTunes is offering the entire Zebra catalog.

zebra 3.V

This record is timeless. Zebra is a great band that I grew up watching in New Orleans. While the first album was highly anticipated by all of us in New Orleans, 3.V's material represents the maturing of Randy as an artist and songwriter. Can't live without, You'll never know, He's making you the fool, Your mind's open are all gems. Fantastic lyrics and vocals. Well worth buying the entire thing. Great band. Great record!


Formed: 1976 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Zebra galloped out of New Orleans in the mid-'70s. The trio concocted their moniker from a Vogue magazine cover and soon won over the East Coast with expert Zep-like pomp-metal. Zebra's confident self-titled debut went gold, thanks to the air play of excellent singles "Tell Me What You Want" and "Who's Behind the Door." Vet producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick) also helmed the follow-up, No Tellin' Lies. Not as strong or cohesive as the first effort, Lies fell directly into the delete bins....
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3.V, Zebra
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: 1986

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