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Thrill of a Lifetime [Limited Edition]

King KobraAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Dream On 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Feel The Heat 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Thrill Of A Lifetime 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Only The Strong Will Survive 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Iron Eagle (Never Say Die) 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Home Street Home 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Over Night Sensation 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Raise Your Hands To Rock 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Party Animal 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B0012RCMHY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Limited Edition U.S. distributed edition at lower price! Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Call me crazy but... September 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
What's the 4-1-1?

King Kobra was just one of the 1,528 bands that Carmine Appice was a part of in the eighties. Their debut release was Ready to Strike; a heavy metal powerhouse that bordered on pop-metal. Thrill of a Lifetime, their sophomore release, finds the group completely selling out to the pop-rock/AOR genre. Honestly, that's not a bad thing. Maybe King Kobra would have lasted longer if they didn't try to sound like everyone else.

The dual guitar leads and heavy synths make "Dream On" sound like a long lost Loverboy track. "Feel the Heat" channels the sounds of Y & T with its faint guitar chords, and once again, synth heavy intro. "Home Street Home" is King Kobra's sad attempt at rap. In their defense, everyone was giving it a try at the time. I don't know who's rapping here, it doesn't really sound like him, but kudos for him for sounding like the guys from "Rapper Delight". As you would expect, this one is heavy on the drums. Kobra put their own stamp on it with finger-tapping solos and layered vocal harmonies.

To further support my theory of sounding like everyone else, "Never Say Die" is the anthemic theme to the Top Gun rip off Iron Eagle. Driving synths, powerful vocals, and a powerful chorus make you feel like the jets are flying over head. I wonder what Kenny Loggins thinks about this one? I swear that the exact same chord progression from "Ballroom Blitz" is used on "Party Animal". Might I add this is a pretty light song about an animal. Eighties cliché alert: A song using the work `rock'. This anthem has a great sing along chorus. I'll start: Raise your hands to rock... (everybody)...rock, rock, rock!

Bottom Line

King Kobra went from heavy metal to glossy, corporate rock in one fell swoop. Call me crazy, but Thrill of a Lifetime is one of my guilty pleasures.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good melodic rock! March 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoy 80's rock melodic bands like Survivor, Journey, Europe, Van Halen, Starship, full of keyboards and guitar solos, this cd is for you. I simply loved all songs. But note that this album is quite different than the other two! KK have changed their style in this album possibly to earn big bucks with the "Iron Eagle" movie soundtrack. But be aware that if you are an extreme headbanger, this cd will make you sleep. Anyway, Mark Free vocals are simply fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less heavy, but still a great melodic rock album August 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1986, Thrill of a Lifetime was the second album from Carmine Appice's L.A. hair metal band King Kobra. The band made a major splash with their hard rocking 1985 debut Ready to Strike, but went in a different direction with Thrill of a Lifetime.

Instead of the hair metal sound of the debut, King Kobra took a more melodic, radio-friendly approach with this album. While this move was perfect for Mark Free's vocal talents, it was a bit of a shock for the band's fans to hear King Kobra doing their best Survivor and Journey impression. I love the `80s arena rock sound, so I really enjoyed this album. The songs are all incredibly melodic, anthemic rockers and soaring ballads that are very dated but are still quite good. You just have to grin and flick your Bic at songs like "Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)," "Overnight Sensation" and the title track. They do lose a star for the embarrassing attempt at rapping on "Home Street Home."

It's not as impressive as Ready to Strike, but Thrill of a Lifetime is still an outstanding melodic rock album. It's obviously an essential release for King Kobra fans as well as fans of Free's work in Unruly Child and Signal, but should also appeal to just about anyone who's into the `80s melodic rock sound.

Edition Notes: Thrill of a Lifetime was reissued in 2000 by French label Axe Killer. The reissue featured brilliant digitally remastered sound, expanded liner notes and a bonus track. The bonus track - "This Raging Fire" - is by the Jon Butcher Axis and was originally included on the Iron Eagle soundtrack. It's an odd inclusion, but doesn't hurt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much different than the first album February 21, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I just recently bought this album and when I first heard it I was a bit suprised to say the least. This album is 75% less heavy than their first release. The band really go for a more commercialized, melodic, lightweight AORish sound here. And you know what? I kinda like it! I mean this album doesn't have any where near the venom the first one did and it's not something I would blast on the cd player on a hot summer day but the thing I like the most about this record are the vocals of Mark Free. He really steps out and sings all of the songs very well as opposed to the first record where to me he sounds a bit hidden behind all the big drums and big guitars. I recommend this cd but be warned it's extremely different from the first one. If you want loud guitars and drums just stick with the first one. But if you want to hear the awesome vocals of Mark Free and you don't mind the music on the lighter side give this a listen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album from KK! October 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I REALLY liked this album rather than the previous because it is more light and melodic than Ready to Strike (first album). So, if you like heavy sound, drums being destroied, desperate screams and seeing your mother jumping through the window, this album is definetelly NOT for you. Now, if you like a soft rock, with very good vocals and extremelly melodic and well built guitar solos, go for it. This is not what we can call "HEAVY metal" album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different from Ready to Strike.
Thrill of a Lifetime is King Kobra's follow up to their debut album Ready to Strike. Thrill is more of an AOR album than a metal album. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gitters
2.0 out of 5 stars not good
this album surely sucks. Its not even close to the first one. I don't understand why the second one sucked so bad. The second side of the first is close to this. Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by Anthony
1.0 out of 5 stars Generic Survivor Lite
This is NOT metal, its not even rock. Every song sounds like a Pepsi commercial or movie soundtrack during the travel montage. Read more
Published on July 23, 2009 by E. shaffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark Free demuestra que es un gran cantante
Thrill of a Lifetime es el segundo trabajo de King Kobra, tratando de ganar comercialidad, graban este disco con intención de ganar más aceptación en la radio,... Read more
Published on March 3, 2008 by Pedro Jimenez
4.0 out of 5 stars metalhead
for a talented group such as king kobra, they could have made a better record.the album compared to other albums that came out at the time,is good. Read more
Published on January 10, 2007 by Thomas A. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars king kobra thrill of a lifetime
cd com poucas musicas boas esperava mais desse cd.
Published on January 3, 2007 by Fabiochiquieri
4.0 out of 5 stars Stuart
I am a big fan of Mark Free(The most underated singer in history)that never got the recognition he deserved. Read more
Published on June 7, 2005 by Stuart M. Tysinger
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
I bought their first one on tape when it came out in 85 and I thought they were a very good commercial hard rock band. Read more
Published on February 6, 2004 by Mark McKinney
2.0 out of 5 stars listen before you buy this!!
warning this album is all that was wrong with 80's metal. this album has no fire whatsoever i believe the first album and the last album of the band are 100% better i wasted my... Read more
Published on March 9, 2001 by Anthony
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