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Artist: King Kobra

Title: III

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King Kobra III Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1988

Label: Rocker Records

Catalog Number: NRCD26


David Michael-Philips lead, rhythm, and bass guitars, backing vocals
Carmine Appice drums, percussion, backing vocals
Johnny Edwards lead vocals
Jeff Northrup lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Larry Hart bass


1.  Mean Street Machine  4:26
2.  Take it Off  3:58
3.  Walls of Silence  5:23
4.  Legends Never Die  5:04
5.  Redline  4:07
6.  Burning in Her Fire  3:33
7.  Perfect Crime  3:56
8.  It's My Life  3:40
9.  Number One  5:08
Total Running Time:  39:15

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Existing comments about this CD

From: TT Date: November 26, 2001 at 9:09
A different feel on this one. Definately prefer the first two. There are some good cuts on this, but with a new vocalist and the departure of Mick Sweda, the vibes on this one are not as good as the first two.

From: Mike A Date: December 19, 2001 at 18:44
This album, while not as good as the first two, is still a good album. Johnny Edwards is a good vocalist and Jeff Northrup contributes the two best songs on the album (Walls Of Silence & Burning In Her Fire). "Mean Street Machine" & "Redline" are good heavy rockers and "Number One" is a great ballad. The only weak spot is the Kiss reject "It's My Life". This gets a 7 on a scale of 10.

From: Federico Date: April 5, 2002 at 0:02
Another cd where my tastes are different from the other rewiwers. Indeed, I think that this is the best King Kobra cd. Two killer , speed songs like "Mean street and Redline",very good power ballads like N.1 and Legends never die. "It's my life" is a wonderful remake, this song really rocks me. I love the drums and the feel of Walls of silence. By me this is a masterpiece 9,5 is my rating. If you like it check out the self titled project of JK Northrup with Mike Edwards on voice, very close to K

From: THE ROCKER Date: July 13, 2002 at 16:00

From: Jaws Date: July 25, 2002 at 6:03
I'm biased on this one, I knew David Michael-Phillips from high school(with a different last name), and "Mean Street Machine" from his former band "Schoolboys"(a better version). This has Dave all over it though and for the most part pretty good. I'll never understand why the lyrics were changed from the original Machine though.

From: Bryan Date: July 28, 2002 at 2:10
Visit Marcie Free's Official site: www.marciefree.com -Under Reconstruction-

From: B. CASARIN (MEX Date: August 16, 2002 at 22:02
no tan bueno como los 2 anteriores solo se salvan 2 canciones, nada que ver con el genial thrill of a lifetime rating 6/10

From: red Date: May 4, 2004 at 20:17
Just got this on lp recently. It's dated for 1988 and Mark Free's voice is certainly missed. However, it is still a solid hard rock albums with it's share of moments. Certainly better than Thrill just for the fact that this is a hard rock album. No where near as good as Ready to strike.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 13, 2004 at 2:34
Major lineup change for this one. Too bad this album gets overlooked. Really the best and most consistent King Kobra album. The two Kiss covers are the weak points, but "It's My Life" is still decent. 8/10

From: Rycheage Date: October 6, 2004 at 12:03
Back to the melodic metal after a brief stint in AOR-land. This has way more crunch than the preceding 2 albums. "Mean Street Machine" and "Redline" both move at a blistering pace reminiscent of '88 Metallica. "Perfect Crime" and "Burning In Her Fire" move closer to the AOR perfection of "Thrill". Edwards' vocals sound the best on these 2 tunes. All in all, a real good album that just got lost in the shuffle.

From: Rene Date: December 5, 2004 at 3:52
WALLS OF SILENCE is one of my all time favorite KING KOBRA song. Killer track that any hard rock/melodic metal fan need to have in their collection.

From: Date: January 26, 2005 at 11:20
Johnny Edwards is a very underrated singer. I'm eager to hear the remainder of this album...a good number of these tracks appear on "The Lost Years," though I am uncertain whether they are the same versions.

From: Mike A Date: March 9, 2005 at 15:45
They are the same versions.

From: Geoff Date: September 19, 2005 at 20:18
I love Mark Free's voice and wish he was on this disc, because IMO this is the best King Kobra disc. The songs are good solid melodic hard rockers and it's much better to see after the very weak but good 'Thrill' disc. There's no reason you can't have melodic songs with big hooks as featured on 'Thrill' but put some balls in the musical backing, which is what they did here and the debut. 'Take it off', 'Burning in her fire' and 'Perfect crime' are a few of my faves. Good solid hard rock disc.

From: juan carlos Date: June 29, 2007 at 15:28
HardRock solo bueno, obviamente no tan bueno que sus dos obras anteriores, dos peldaños abajo. Buenos coros y algunos buenos solos, Johny Edwards no lo hace mal pero no hay temas realmente matadores. Me gusta la Riffera "Redline" y la HRMelódica "Burning in Her Fire". La rockerilla y fiestera "It's My Life" nada mal. Correcto. 8/10

From: Fat Freddy Date: August 8, 2007 at 17:05
Not a bad disc, considering I never really paid much attention to KK back in their heyday. I found it interesting that two of the songs are co-written by Gene Simmons of KISS; was he supposed to produce these guys or something? One of the Gene tracks, "It's My Life," was also recorded by Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics on one of her mid 80s solo albums. I lucked into a free copy of this album earlier this week and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

From: shoemaker Date: April 8, 2008 at 5:48
Johnny Edwards is a cool vocalist. He gives a Y&T touch to this album. Mike A named the best songs.

From: metalhead4life Date: May 28, 2008 at 22:14
Wanted this for a while now and got it in the mail yesterday - original New Renaissance/Rocker Records release. Really like the whole album but don't care at all for the last 2 songs which I don't think they wrote. Very solid effort and a great group of musicians. More hard rockin' than their other releases; Edwards vocals are more wild than Mark Free's and King Kobra sounds great here. 82/100 Cool cover too and was released in a cool year 1988.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 11, 2008 at 22:38
Good album but far 2 be a killer one!!!.Jhonny's voice is as in some comments above said stronger and gives a sharped edge sound to it but Mark's the man!!!."Burning In Her Fire","Legends Never Die" & "Mean Street Machines" are cool songs.80/100

From: rockhardrock Date: March 25, 2009 at 8:49
good melodic hard rock/heavy metal album-but far away from being a gem. the best songs on this one: Mean Street Machine, Take it Off, Walls of Silence and Number One.

From: a_madd_scientist Date: April 10, 2010 at 14:57
Don Weber (Northrup/Shortino) did background vocals on "Walls of Silence" & "Burning in her Fire"

From: CMGio Date: April 10, 2010 at 17:57
This is good and all, but King Kobra just isn't the same without Mark Free's vocals. If you ask me, he really "made" the band.

From: metalmaniac777 Date: January 13, 2011 at 8:54
So was the 3rd time the charm for King Kobra? Well, not exactly, but this is still a solid hard rock effort, albeit one marred by a few too many fillers. Mark Free is definitely missed here; Johnny Edwards, while a perfectly fine vocalist, really isn't even worthy of holding Mark's jockstrap...which Mark no longer needs following his transgender surgery.

From: visitor Date: January 6, 2012 at 14:23
I really like this album! The debut is excellent too, but somehow this one appeals to me more. To me there are no fillers on this one; the only track that I occasionally skip is the ballad Legends Never Die, but that doesn't make it a bad song. Enjoyable songwriting and tight rocking here!

From: titothetitan Date: November 10, 2017 at 12:55
Sorry, but no Mark Free no King Kobra. Very average album. I can only remember of only one song, 'Take it Off'. Hi Bryan, Marcie's website is crap and there's nothing useful in it. It have been under construction for nearly 20 years.

From: titothetitan Date: August 20, 2018 at 14:31
I listened to this album again and enjoyed it more. sounds different from the King Kobra I used to know (thei first two albums), but this one is decent. Different, but decent. Mean Street Machine, Take if Off, Number One, Legends Never Die are my favourites. Production is very good.

From: hair metal again Date: July 2, 2021 at 16:46
very good release for KING KOBRA back in 88 offering a straight hard rock sound with anthemic songs like "mean street machine","take it off" and "burning in her fire"!KK was a fine act ,always good but never got great

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