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Zebra

March 20, 2003
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  • Original Release Date: November 30, 1982
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Copyright: 1983 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
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  • ASIN: B0011ZWNXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Customer Reviews

Great band, great first album.
Southern
Unfortunately, most people who read this probably already know how great they are.
A. Wodon
If you are a big 80's rock / metal fan, than you should love these guys!
Chris Pinto

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd C. Lauer Jr. on May 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
My great friend Jeff from the band "FIRED" (based out of SOCAL)and I are fans of Zebra and we have always loved the song "Who's Behind The Door". We would always crack up at the part at the outro of the song where this STRANGE voice comes on and says something even STRANGER. Ever since we first heard the song we thought it said "THIS IS THE SOUND OF THOUSANDS OF SMILING SHRINKLEYS!
Well, we were wrong.
My inquisitive buddy Jeff actually emailed Randy Jackson of Zebra
the following is what Randy wrote in return.

Jeff
It is an announcer's voice from a sound effects record (circa 1950's). He says "This is the sound of thousands of snapping shrimp". We were looking for some cool nature sounds but the recordings were really poor so in the end we just used the announcer because he sounded funny and we were really tired!
Randy

NOW I ASK YOU, HOW F'N COOL IS THAT !?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chris Pinto on June 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If you are a big 80's rock / metal fan, than you should love these guys! I've seen them twelve times in concert and they are great. Songs include "Tell Me What You Want", which has been a popular radio song for them, and others include "Who's Behind the Door?", which used to be played on MTV when they actually showed ALL kinds of music videos, but thats another story. "The La La" song is a killer song with great vocals and nice guitar leads by Randy Jackson. A real refreshing CD to listen to if you're tired of the same ol' heavy metal! The band's sound is almost reminicant of "Led Zep" & "Kings X". This is one three peice band that has alot of talent and a great musical style. All the songs on this CD deserve a good listen!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Schneider on March 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Zebra on either WNEW or the old WAPP (anyone remember that station?) back in New York when I was 15. I will never forget that experience, as it was one of the greatest songs I have (still) ever heard in my life, "Who's Behind The Door?" Usually it takes me at least 2 or 3 listenings for me to really love a song. "WBTD?" belongs in the select group of songs that I fell in love with the very first time I heard it. I mean, it totally blew me away. My mind was suddenly opened. I had never heard anything like it before. It starts out innocently enough, with a folk-sounding acoustic guitar intro, gradually builds into a progressive Pink Floyd sound, and then all of a sudden just totally transforms itself into what can best be called a musical nuclear war, before finally catching itself and ending with a gradually slowing-down acoustic treatment of the previous salvo. Within the first 30 seconds of at least 9 out of every 10 songs you can tell how the ending will sound. Not so with this song- no way. It had my heart beating FAST by the time it was over.
A few days after, I heard "Tell Me What You Want" and I knew that I had to have the album. So, I bought it soon afterwards, and at first wasn't too crazy about most of the other songs on it (I wasn't really into heavy metal at the time). For the first few months, all I ever played on the album were those 2 great songs (especially "WBTD?"). Eventually, most of the other songs grew on me as well, and by 1984 I would typically play 6 of the album's 9 songs at a stretch (my other faves were "One More Chance", "As I Said Before", "When You Get There", and "Take Your Fingers From My Hair").
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. R. on November 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album nearly saved the 80's metal genre in my mind. Released in 1983 the album was decidedly different than the rest of the new 80's metal at the time...meaning this was smart lyrics, highly melodic music, and great guitar without going overboard in the "guitar slinger" dept. Randy Jackson can "sling" with the best, but Jackson never overplays on the record, but still burns white-hot. Don't expect any cliche guitar licks, or party-till-you-puke lyrics, or sleezy, juvinile sex songs here, this trio's serious about their music. Not Rush serious, but serious nontheless. All tracks are keepers with a possible low point being the rock-a-billy "Slow Down" which is the only song not written by Randy Jackson. A top five metal album from the 80's easily....Unless you dig Motley Crue's work.....please!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By exodusone on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Zebra is one of the most underated bands of the late 70's and early 80's. But after you listen to their 1983 self title LP, you'll think differently about them. Zebra to me was always a mix of Led Zeppelin meets Rush mixed in with that early 80's sounds. Some of the songs on here do stand the test of time. Example "Tell Me What You Want" (great 80's radio/MTV song), "One More Chance" (great riffs on that one), "As I Said Before" (another great song), "Who's Behind The Door" (Zeppelin Influenced), "Take You Fingers From My Hair" (All Time Classic From Zebra, one of the best power-ballads of the 80's), "Don't Walk Away" (Rush Influenced) and "The La La Song" (very melodic, this is Zebra's trademark song of the 80's, sounds like something off the movie "Fandango"). This album brings back so many memories for me. This one of the greatest pop metal album of 1983 and the 80's. Get this, it's a classic to own. ENJOY!
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