Buy New
$25.17
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by Inner Grooves and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Thrill of a Lifetime has been added to your Cart
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$25.40
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: cdgiveaways
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Thrill of a Lifetime Limited Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

See all 13 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, Limited Edition, March 11, 2008
"Please retry"
$25.17
$16.99 $18.48
Vinyl
"Please retry"
$18.99 $4.99

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Get Started with Amazon Prime Stream millions of songs anytime, anywhere, included with an Amazon Prime membership. Get started
$25.17 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 1 left in stock. Sold by Inner Grooves and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Thrill of a Lifetime
  • +
  • Ready to Strike - Cardboard Sleeve - High-Definition CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica
Total price: $34.16
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Limited Edition U.S. distributed edition at lower price! Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
4:08
Play in Library $1.29
 
2
30
4:29
Play in Library $1.29
 
3
30
3:58
Play in Library $1.29
 
4
30
4:12
Play in Library $1.29
 
5
30
4:00
Play in Library $1.29
 
6
30
3:33
Play in Library $1.29
 
7
30
4:20
Play in Library $1.29
 
8
30
4:19
Play in Library $1.29
 
9
30
3:47
Play in Library $1.29
 
10
30
3:57
Play in Library $1.29
 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2008)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B0012RCMHY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's King Kobra Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By George Dionne VINE VOICE on 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.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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!
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love King Kobra, especially when Mark Free was with them! And this album is digitally remastered with amazing Linear notes about the band's history and more! I love 80's rock/metal and this it an awesome addition to one's collection!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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. The sound they go for is more in the vein of groups like Lover boy. I enjoyed this album, it's good not great. Their contribution to the soundtrack of Iron Eagle is here, as well as an attempt at rap on Home Sweet Home.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews




What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category