The fifth full-length studio album by cult American Melodic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band.
Despite the record's name, this is actually the band's fifth studio album. However, it is their third major label/worldwide release.
This is the first Quiet Riot album not to feature any cover songs, and the last to feature lead singer Kevin DuBrow until the 1993 album “Terrified”. It’s also the first Quiet Riot album to feature Chuck Wright, formerly of Giuffria, who replaced Rudy Sarzo on bass as an official member - prior to this, he had performed some uncredited bass work on the band's earlier albums. He would rejoin the band on an on/off basis over the years, and is in the current version of the band.
A heavier emphasis on keyboards suggests the band was trying to keep in step with such other chart topping bands as Night Ranger and Bon Jovi, as evidenced by the popular MTV video - stadium hymn "The Wild and the Young", and the more restrained "Twilight Hotel".
Although "QR III" was greeted favorably by their remaining fans, the album failed to match the mega-sales of their major label debut album. Following the massive success of "Metal Health" and the more modest reception of "Condition Critical" (which failed to duplicate "Metal Health"'s success, but still went top 20 and receive a Platinum certification), sales of "QR III" were even lower, reaching only No. 31 on the US charts. It marked Quiet Riot's final plunge away from stardom as the band's following releases would not enter the charts at all. With constant bickering behind the scenes, DuBrow was handed his walking papers shortly after the ensuing tour ended.
Pasha/CBS Inc., 1986 (Pasha 12 / OZ 40321). Made in USA. First press. Still sealed. Cut-out corner.
1. Main Attraction 4:44
2. The Wild And The Young 3:35
3. Twilight Hotel 4:34
4. Down And Dirty 3:15
5. Rise Or Fall 4:00
6. Put Up Or Shut Up 4:07
7. Still Of The Night 4:40
8. Bass Case 1:00
9. The Pump 4:01
10. Slave To Love 3:57
11. Helping Hands 4:12