KING KOBRA - III 12" LP Vinyl Album


King Kobra's third album, "III," boasts an uncensored inner sleeve in its original UK 12" LP vinyl release. The band's explosive sound and raw energy shine through, offering a dynamic listening experience. With unbridled creativity, the album pushes boundaries, making it a must-have for fans of hard rock. The uncensored inner sleeve adds an extra layer of authenticity to this iconic release.

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Front Cover Photo Of KING KOBRA - III

Album Description:

In the world of 1980s mainstream metal, King Kobra's self-titled album, "KING KOBRA - III Uncensored Inner Sleeve", made waves with its energetic sound and daring album artwork. Released in 1988, this album marked the first and final collaboration of the talented lineup consisting of Edwards, Michael-Phillips, Northrup, Hart, and Appice. While the band showcased their musical prowess with a collection of powerful tracks, the lack of commercial success led to their untimely dissolution. One notable feature of this album was its original uncensored custom inner sleeve, which displayed provocative and erotic artwork. Let's delve into the album's musicality and the impact it had on the band's legacy.

A Captivating Musical Journey:

"KING KOBRA - III Uncensored Inner Sleeve" pulsates with the essence of 1980s style mainstream metal. From the moment you press play, the album grabs you with its energetic riffs, soaring vocals, and thunderous drumming. The vocal prowess of Johnny Edwards, along with the dynamic guitar duo of David Michael-Phillips and Jeff Northrup, creates a powerful and melodic fusion that defines the band's signature sound. Larry Hart's driving bass guitar provides a solid foundation for the music, while Carmine Appice's masterful drumming showcases his status as a seasoned rock veteran.

The album encompasses a range of emotions and moods, capturing the essence of the era's metal scene. Tracks like "Mean Street Machine" and "Piece of the Rock" are anthemic and hard-hitting, resonating with the rebellious spirit of the time. The soaring ballad "Tough Guys" demonstrates the band's versatility and ability to craft memorable melodies. Each song on "KING KOBRA - III Uncensored Inner Sleeve" serves as a testament to the band's musical skill and their dedication to their craft.

The Uncensored Inner Sleeve:

One of the most talked-about aspects of this album is its original uncensored custom inner sleeve. Adorned with sexy and erotic artwork, it ignited discussions and generated controversy among fans and critics alike. The provocative nature of the inner sleeve pushed boundaries and challenged societal norms, making a statement about artistic expression within the realm of rock music. While some perceived it as a bold move that aligned with the rebellious spirit of the genre, others viewed it as excessive or gratuitous.

Production and Recording:

"KING KOBRA - III Uncensored Inner Sleeve" benefited from the expertise of acclaimed producer Carmine Appice. Known for his work with renowned acts such as Vanilla Fudge and Rod Stewart, Appice brought his wealth of experience to the album, ensuring a polished and dynamic sound. The album's recording took place across several notable studios, including American Recording, The Edge Studios, Pasha Music House, Baby-O Studios, Sound City, and Record Plant. The collective efforts of the band, along with the skilled sound/recording engineer Alex Woltman, resulted in a high-quality production that captured the band's energy and musicality.


Music Genre:

  80s Hard Rock

Album Production Information:

 The album: "KING KOBRA - III Uncensored Inner Sleeve" was produced by: Carmine Appice

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Alex Woltman

This album was recorded at: American Recording, Woodland Hills, CA - The Edge Studios, Los Angeles, CA - Pasha Music House, Hollywood, CA - Baby-O Studios, Hollywood, CA - Sound City, Van Nuys, CA - Record Plant, Hollywood, CA.:

Record Label Information:

  New Renaissance Records / Music For Nations MFN 86
Packaging: This album "KING KOBRA - III Uncensored Inner Sleeve" includes the original uncensored custom inner sleeve with some sexy / erotic artwork

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

  1988 Made in England
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: KING KOBRA - III Uncensored Inner Sleeve
    King Kobra's Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Johnny Edwards – vocals
  • David Michael-Phillips – Guitar ( David Michael Philips (Real-name: David Philip "Dave" Henzerling) has much experience in a variety of bands.)
  • Jeff Northrup – Guitar
  • Larry Hart – Bass guitar
  • Carmine Appice – drums

    Carmine Appice (born 15 December1946) is an American rock drummer. He is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge; Cactus; the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice; Rod Stewart; King Kobra; and Blue Murder. He is also Vinny Appice's older brother.


    Appice received classical music training, and was influenced early on by the work of jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Appice first came to prominence as the drummer with the late 1960s psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge. He contributed distinctive background harmonies with bassist Tim Bogert. After five albums, the pair left Vanilla Fudge to form the blues rock quartet Cactus, with vocalist Rusty Day and guitarist Jim McCarty.

    In 1972, Appice and Bogert formed the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice with guitarist Jeff Beck. The band released two albums, Beck, Bogert & Appice (1972) and Triumvirate (1974), before disbanding.

    In 1976, Appice joined Rod Stewart's band, touring, recording, and writing two of Stewart's biggest hits, "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Young Turks". He left Stewart to record his first solo album, Rockers (1977), and tour Japan and North America with an all-star band.

    In the early 1980s, Appice toured with Ozzy Osbourne and Ted Nugent. In the mid-1980s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring. And in the late 1980s, Carmine played on a Pink Floyd record Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake's John Sykes and The Firm's Tony Franklin.

    In the 1990s, Appice continued to record and tour with various artists, including Leslie West, Jeff Beck, and Vanilla Fudge. He also released several solo albums, including Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus (2019) and Energy Overload (2021).

    Appice is a highly respected drummer who has been praised for his technical skill, versatility, and creativity. He is considered one of the most influential drummers in rock history and has been inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame (2013) and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame (2014).

    Appice is married to radio personality Leslie Gold and lives in New York City. He has two children from a previous marriage.

    Here are some of Carmine Appice's most notable achievements:

    • nducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013
    • Inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014
    • Played with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, and Blue Murder
    • Recorded over 40 albums
    • Released several solo albums
    • Taught drumming clinics and workshops worldwide
    • Authored several books on drumming
    • Considered one of the most influential drummers in rock history
    Carmine Appice is a true legend of rock drumming. He has influenced countless drummers over the years and continues to be a force in the music industry.

Complete Track-listing of the album "KING KOBRA - III Uncensored Inner Sleeve"

The detailed tracklist of this record "KING KOBRA - III Uncensored Inner Sleeve" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. "Mean Street Machine" (Philips, Dan Wexler)
  2. "Take It Off"
  3. "Walls of Silence" (Northrup)
  4. "Legends Never Die" (Gene Simmons, Adam Mitchell)
  5. "Redline"
  6. "Burning in Her Fire"
  7. "Perfect Crime"
  8. "It's My Life" (Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons)
  9. "#1"

KING KOBRA - III High Resolution & Quality Photos

Front Cover Photo Of KING KOBRA - III
Front Cover Photo Of KING KOBRA - III


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Photo Of The Back Cover KING KOBRA - III
Photo of album back cover KING KOBRA - III


Photo One Of The Original Custom Inner Sleeve KING KOBRA - III
Photo One Of The Original Custom Inner Sleeve KING KOBRA - III


Photo Two of the original custom inner sleeve KING KOBRA - III
Photo Two of the original custom inner sleeve  KING KOBRA - III


Close up of record's label KING KOBRA - III Side Two:
Close up of record's label KING KOBRA - III Side Two