Thrill of a Lifetime (album)

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Thrill of a Lifetime
King Cobra Thrill of a lifetime.jpg
Studio album by
Genre AOR, Glam metal, Heavy metal
Label Capitol/EMI
Producer Carmine Appice, Duane Hitchings, Spencer Proffer
King Kobra chronology
Ready to Strike
Thrill of a Lifetime
King Kobra III
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic (mediocre) [1]

Thrill of a Lifetime is the second album (and the last to feature Mark Free on vocals) by the American hard rock band King Kobra, released in 1986 by Capitol Records. The album features "Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)", the theme song of the 1986 film Iron Eagle .

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

King Kobra is a hard rock band founded by drummer Carmine Appice after his tenure with Ozzy Osbourne from 1983 to 1984. During the time of their first two albums, the band included four relatively unknown musicians that included vocalist Marcie Free, guitarist David Michael-Philips, guitarist Mick Sweda, and bassist Johnny Rod. After two albums on Capitol records—Ready to Strike and Thrill of a Lifetime (1986)—and an independent release entitled King Kobra III in 1988, Appice decided to dissolve the band and join guitarist John Sykes on his Blue Murder project in 1989.

Capitol Records American record label

Capitol Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Capitol Music Group imprint. It was founded as the first West Coast-based record label "of note" in the United States in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva, and Glenn E. Wallichs. Capitol was acquired by British music conglomerate EMI as its North American subsidiary in 1955. EMI was acquired by Universal Music Group in 2012 and was merged with the company a year later, making Capitol and the Capitol Music Group both a part of UMG. The label's circular headquarter building in Hollywood is a recognized landmark of California.


Track listing

All tracks by King Kobra, except where indicated

  1. "Second Time Around" - 4:08
  2. "Dream On" (Russ Ballard) - 4:29
  3. "Feel the Heat" (King Kobra, Scott St. Clair Sheets) - 3:58
  4. "Thrill of a Lifetime" - 4:12
  5. "Only the Strong Will Survive" (King Kobra, St. Clair Sheets) - 4:00
  6. "Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)" (Duane Hitchings, Jake Hooker)- 3:32
  7. "Home Street Home" - 4:20
  8. "Overnight Sensation" - 4:19
  9. "Raise Your Hands to Rock" - 3:47
  10. "Party Animal" - 3:57


David Philip "Dave" Henzerling, a.k.a. David Michael-Philips, is an American musician, songwriter and producer. He has been a member of numerous hard rock bands including Schoolboys, Keel, King Kobra, Lizzy Borden, Geronimo!, Liquid Black, Big Cock, Icon, Tunnel, Steelshine and Kelly Keeling & Friends. He is the older brother of Dan Henzerling, also a musician and has two sisters. David was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his family in December 1969. He claims to have been blessed with the good fortune of "...growing up in the 60s, being a teenager in the 70s, living my 20s during the big-80s and starting a family in the 90s...I think I benefited from the best that each decade had to offer..."

Mick Sweda is a songwriter, guitarist and singer born in Gowanda, New York on April 18, 1960.

Johnny Rod is an American bass guitar player. One of the early bands he was active in was King Kobra, from 1984 to 1986. In 1986 he joined the heavy metal band W.A.S.P.. Johnny Rod used both Fender and B.C. Rich basses during his career. His main bass with W.A.S.P. was a yellow B.C. Rich Ironbird bass. In 2010, he reunited with King Kobra.

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  1. Herzog, Kenneth. "King Kobra Thrill of a Lifetime review". Allmusic . Rovi Corporation . Retrieved 2012-09-20.