Zebra began their journey in 1975, but it was not until 1983 that they got signed to Atlantic Records. Their debut was produced by no less than Jack Douglas and begins where Led Zeppelin ended. It is inevitable not to compare them with Robert Plant and his men as Zebra offers the same kind of big arena rock with cool riffs and impressive vocals. Frontman Randy Jackson also has a very similar vocal style compared to Plant, which of course only positive because he is an iconic singer.
This band originating from New Orleans should though not be seen as a Zeppelin copy as they have made a revelation of their influences. This can be heard on the opening track in the tougher "Tell Me What You Want " where Randy shows all his vocal skills including some very impressive falsettos. However, I personally feel that they are at their best when they are closer to bands like Boston and Journey (70's style) as in "One More Chance" and "Don’t Walk Away“. Really love this kind of classic rock with its clear sound and without too many effects that were typical during this era.
Should I be a little critical about band, is it that they are somewhat uneven. When they are at their best as they really belong to the top in the classic rock genre. However, I don’t think that the 60's sounding " Slow Down " and "The LA La Song" fits perfectly compared to the other tracks here.
What makes the album even more interesting is Rock Candys very fine edition that is a lot more elaborated than the others out on the market. Or what about Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full color booklet, 3,500 word essay including interview with Randy Jackson, enhanced artwork and rare photos?