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Ready To Strike [Import]

King KobraAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00004TA45
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ready To Strike
2. Hunger
3. Shadow Rider
4. Shake Up
5. Attention
6. Breakin' Out
7. Tough Guys
8. Dancing With Desire
9. Second Thoughts
10. Piece Of The Rock

Editorial Reviews

For every Poison, W.A.S.P., and Ratt that made it famous during the reign of hair metal in the 80's, there were plenty of other bands like King Kobra that released metal songs equally full of glam, hairspray, and fury. Drummer Carmine Appice's outfit really presents nothing new to the style, yet still delivers a session of hard rocking, tightly performed songs, with 'Hunger' standing out with its melodic driven moments that wouldn't be out of place on a Trixter record. It's definitely not groundbreaking stuff, but albums like Ready To Strike aren't made for analysis, they're just simply made to rock and roll, and this definitely does the trick. Axe Killer. 2005.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's Rock at it's finest. June 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the 80's most under-rated bands, with one of the most incredible and unknown/under-reated vocalists, Mark Free. Best known for their Title-Track single from the 1980's Hit Movie "Iron Eagle," the band, consisting of: Vocalist, Mark Free; Guitarists, David Michael-Philips & Mick Sweda; Bassist, Johnny Rod; and renown Drummer, Carmine Appice, the bands First CD is much more powerful and raw.Carmine appice's drumming is powerful, driving the songs, while it is Vocalist Mark Free (of Unruly Child, and The Gods) that bring the songs to life. His amazingly powerful vocals combines with a sense of melody that maximizes the intensity of each song.
If you enjoy 80's bands such as Dokken, Icon, Krokus, and Rough Cutt, you you wil love this album a MUST HAVE CD !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered classic September 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
KING KOBRA came and went with a group of other so called "B" and "C" level metal acts in the mid to late 80's. They were one of a hundred bands that were signed in the wake of L.A. glam metal scene explosion. These guys, lead by Carmine Appice on drums, laid down some great pop metal gems, like Theatre of Pain era Motley Crue, Poison, RATT, and others.
READY TO STRIKE is their 1st album, and it kicks some serious ass. The single "Hunger" was their biggest hit, and introduced them to the metal masses. The albums rock songs, "Ready to Strike", "Hunger", "Shake Up", and "Piece of the Rock" rocked and their slow songs were superb. The song "Tough guys don't cry" is a fantastic power ballad on par with any other at the time. If it was released as a single at the time, these guys would've been as big as Cinderella, Poison, or any other bands that played good hard rock with a glam touch.
Sadly this was their only good album. Their next album "Thrill of a Lifetime" sucks to high heaven. They took a complete pop turn and lost their balls. No pun intened towards the singer of KING KOBRA who after the band retired had a sex change and became a woman.
This is one of those CD's that almost no one bought at the time, but over the years has gained a loyal following. Much like Pretty Boy Floyd's "Leather Boys with Electric Toys" or Vinnie Vincent Invasion's self titled album, this one stands out as a undiscovered classic of the genre. If you like those bands or the pop metal genre, pick up this remastered CD and rock it 80's metal style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I just got mine last week, and it's totally blown me away! It's better then their second and great album, "Thrill Of A Lifetime".
Usually metal or hard rock music are very 'noisy' but this one literally loud and clear, the drums sound like they play in your room right in front of you, can you imaging it? Fantastic! All keeper no filler.
Audio quality: ***** One of a kind (is it Axe Killer record remastering virtuoso or what?)
Performance: ***** really awesome hard rock
Presentation: ***** 8 pages lyrics, liner notes and 2 color photos
This CD gets solid absolutely 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kobra is King January 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I FINALLY got my hands on this cd. Brand spanking new on top of that. Good grief this thing is almost impossible to find now. Well worth the effort though. Every song on here rocks, "Dancing With Desire" being the only really exception, and its still not really a bad song. Guess every metal band then needed atleast one slower song or power ballad to prove that even under all that makeup and big hair that bad boy rockers still cared? eh...anyways. It's such a pity these guys didn't get a bigger break during the whole 80's hair metal scene. If your looking to branch out from the more mainstream artists of the 80s metal into some of the better B-list groups pick this one up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, AMAZING remaster May 16, 2008
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If you were a rock and metal fan in the 80's, Los Angeles was pretty much the Promised Land. It was home to countless hair/glam/sleaze/melodic rock bands, including King Kobra, which featured legendary drummer Carmine Appice (of Vanilla Fudge fame) and troubled, talented vocalist Mark Free.

King Kobra hit the scene in 1985 with Ready to Strike, one of the decade's classic melodic rock albums. I suppose you could call this kind of music hair metal (especially after looking at the band photo), but this album has little in common with Poison or Faster Pussycat. King Kobra had a very polished melodic rock sound that brought the AOR songwriting and production style together with the L.A. scene's harder edge and image. The result is a sound that was full of catchy guitar hooks, great melodies, and Mark Free's strong vocal performance. One interesting note - the song Hunger was also recorded by Kick Axe (operating as Spectre General) for the soundtrack to the Transformers animated movie.

If you're an 80's rock fan, particularly of the more melodic bands like Hurricane, Treat, Y&T, Winger, and Giant, you definitely need to pick up Ready to Strike, especially now that it is readily available again.

NOTE: Caroline Records reissued Ready to Strike in 2008. The reissue does not include any bonus material, but it does feature crystal clear digitally remastered sound that sounds as good as anything released today. The CD comes housed in a mini-LP style package. It's essentially a slightly oversized cardboard sleeve with the disc enclosed in an interior envelope imprinted with the liner notes. I'm not a huge fan of this kind of packaging (it doesn't do a great job protecting the CD), but considering just how good these remasters sound I can't complain too much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmine Appice as a drummer
King Kobra was and still is a OK rock band despite the drumming of Carmine Appice yes i know I'm probably going to get heat for saying that but its true. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Wayne A. Paskell
4.0 out of 5 stars ready to strike
Seen these guys alot in the 80s they rocked my world. I had actually forgotten about this band when I got ready to strike as a recomadation and of course I had to have it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by dusty
5.0 out of 5 stars The American epitome of `80s glam metal/melodic hard rock !!!
"Ready to strike" is the debut album by American glam metal band "King Kobra", originally released in 1985. Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by Nikiforos V. Skoumas
5.0 out of 5 stars king kobras best!!!
stumbled upon this recording a couple a years after it was released in cassete at a used music store, heard it in a friends car man what awesome music payed 2. Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by phantom rocker
4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem
King Kobra was a group that enjoyed a somewhat intermittent career during the 1980s. This band had a gift for melodic songwriting. Read more
Published on March 18, 2011 by G. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic melodic rock album - remastered
If you were a rock and metal fan in the 80's, Los Angeles was pretty much the Promised Land. It was home to countless hair/glam/sleaze/melodic rock bands, including King Kobra,... Read more
Published on August 20, 2010 by Justin G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic melodic rock album - remastered
If you were a rock and metal fan in the 80's, Los Angeles was pretty much the Promised Land. It was home to countless hair/glam/sleaze/melodic rock bands, including King Kobra,... Read more
Published on August 20, 2010 by Justin G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang you head!!!
Awesome...4 bleach blondes and Vinnie Appiece kick out the jams on this cd. One of the best hair bands from the 80's.
Published on October 12, 2009 by T. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musicians make very good album
I first saw King Kobra at L'amours in Brooklyn, NY. t support this release. Geat show with top notch musicians. Read more
Published on February 1, 2009 by ES
3.0 out of 5 stars kenny
King Kobra was the brain child of master drummer Carmine Appice.Ready to Strike is their first release back in 1985. Read more
Published on October 31, 2008 by Kenneth Mantone
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