King Kobra III

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King Kobra III
Studio album by
RecordedAmerican Recording, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles
The Edge Studios, Pasha Music House, Baby-O Studios, Record Plant, Hollywood, California
Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, Los Angeles
GenreGlam metal, Heavy metal
LabelRocker Records/New Renaissance
ProducerCarmine Appice, David Michael-Phillips, Alex Woltman
King Kobra chronology
Thrill of a Lifetime
King Kobra III
The Lost Years

King Kobra III, released in 1988 on New Renaissance Records, was the first and last album by the Edwards, Michael-Phillips, Northrup, Hart and Appice line-up of King Kobra. After the demise of the original line-up, remaining members Carmine Appice and David Michael-Phillips teamed up with Johnny Edwards, Jeff Northrup and Larry Hart, all 3 members of the Sacramento, CA band Northrup at the time.

The album featured a strong selection of 1980s style mainstream metal. However, a lack of album sales resulted in the dissolution of the band. Bassist Johnny Rod, who appeared on the first two albums as bassist, does not play here. However, he does contribute backing vocals.

The model posing on the album cover is Carmine's then wife, Sarah Appice, who also makes a cameo appearance in the "Take It Off" promotional video.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mean Street Machine" (David Michael-Phillips, Carmine Appice, Bryson Jones) - 4:26
  2. "Take It Off" (Phillips, Mark Free, Appice) - 3:58
  3. "Walls of Silence" (Jeff Northrup) - 5:23
  4. "Legends Never Die" (Gene Simmons, Micki Free, Adam Mitchell) - 5:04
  5. "Redline" (Phillips, Appice, Jones) - 4:07
  6. "Burning in Her Fire" (Northrup) - 3:33
  7. "Perfect Crime" (Northrup, Johnny Edwards, Glenn Hicks, Larry Hart) - 3:56
  8. "It's My Life" (Simmons, Paul Stanley) - 3:40
  9. "#1" (Phillips, Appice, Jones) - 5:08


Band members
Additional musicians
  • Johnny Rod, Steve Sacchi, Mark Olsen, Bryson Jones, Peter Criss, Sarah Appice, Bob Spinella, Dave Flynn - backing vocals
  • Alex Woltman - engineer, co-producer
  • Elliot Solomon - engineer and co-producer on "Take It Off"
  • Mark Paladino, Duane Baron, Rick Clifford, Angelo Arcuri, Bret Newman - additional engineering


Catalogue: (Vinyl) New Renaissance NRR-26; (CD) New Renaissance NRCD-26