3.V

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3.V
3.V (Zebra album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1986 (May 1986)[1]
RecordedAtlantic Studios, Unique Recording Studios, New York City, NY; Boogie Hotel, Kingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, NY Feb-May 1985
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Length40:26
LabelAtlantic
ProducerRandy Jackson & Zebra
Zebra chronology
No Tellin' Lies
(1984)
3.V
(1986)
Live
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Kerrang!5/5 stars [3]

3.V is the third studio album by Zebra. It was released in 1986 on Atlantic Records. This album marked a new, more AOR radio-friendly direction, attempting a commercial comeback for the group after the 1984 flop No Tellin' Lies. This bid would prove unsuccessful as the record company did little in the way of promotion,[1] and the album failed to chart - it would be the group's last studio album for Atlantic before being dropped from the label. The album went out-of-print in 1990. It was reissued in 2007 as an import paired on one CD with No Tellin' Lies, another deleted title, as the stand-alone compact disc version became a scarce collector's item in the meantime. 3.V, along with the first two Zebra albums, was reissued on CD again in Japan in 2013.

Reception[edit]

Some critics have heralded this to be the best Zebra album, even better than their debut - Doug Stone from AllMusic gave the album 4.5 stars, saying "3.V has that certain something extra: more than an album, 3.V opens the mind of an unheralded genius."[2] Classic Rock Review wrote that the album was "plagued by clusters of both mediocrity as well as pure brilliance" but "includes some of the band’s finest work".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were written by Randy Jackson

No.TitleLength
1."Can't Live Without"3:40
2."He's Making You the Fool"3:52
3."Time"5:21
4."Your Mind's Open"3:37
5."Better Not Call"5:04
6."You'll Never Know"2:59
7."About to Make the Time"4:57
8."You're Only Losing Your Heart"3:48
9."Hard Living Without You"3:21
10."Isn't That the Way"3:16

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Arranged & Produced by Randy Jackson & Zebra
  • Stephen Benben, Jamie Chaleff, Ken Collins, Ellen Fitton, Ira McLaughlin, Dan Nash - engineers
  • Mitchell Frondelli, Dan Nash - mixing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "3.V by Zebra". Classic Rock Review. June 3, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Stone, Doug. "Zebra 3.V review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
  3. ^ Oliver, Derek (8 January 1987). "Zebra '3.V'". Kerrang!. 137. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 10.