Point of Entry

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Point of Entry
Studio album by Judas Priest
Released 26 February 1981
Recorded October - November 1980, Ibiza, Spain
Genre Heavy metal
Length 37:42
Label Columbia
Producer Judas Priest and Tom Allom
Judas Priest chronology
British Steel
(1980)
Point of Entry
(1981)
Screaming for Vengeance
(1982)
Original Japanese & North American cover

Point of Entry is the seventh album from the British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It was released on 26 February 1981.

In 1980 Judas Priest garnered some airplay with "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight" from their album British Steel. As a result the band pursued a more melodic, radio friendly direction on Point of Entry. However, the demo version of "On the Run" was not so radio friendly. It had "different lyrics, speed-metal pace, and spit-fire fast vocals."[1]

Following the conclusion of the British Steel World Tour, the band began work on their next project. By this time, they had sufficient funds to fly all their equipment to the huge, state-of-the-art Ibiza Studios in Spain. This gave Point Of Entry a louder, stronger, more "live" sound than previous Judas Priest albums.

Promotion[edit]

Three singles were released from the album: "Heading Out to the Highway", "Don't Go" and "Hot Rockin' ", all of which had accompanying music videos. The song "Heading Out to the Highway" has been a staple in live shows since its release, "Desert Plains" was regularly played throughout the 1980s and "Hot Rockin' " is still performed today. On the 2005 "Re-united" tour they also played "Solar Angels" on rare occasions: on the World Wide Blitz Tour of 1981 (supporting Point of Entry), it had been the opening song of every show.

Cover[edit]

The US cover differed from the rest of the world, this being repeated with the remaster. The US artwork featured computer printer paper to simulate the line in the middle of the road, and white cardboard boxes on the back. The artwork also saw the introduction of the 3D Judas Priest logo, which would be used up to Turbo.

Reissues[edit]

The album was remastered in 2001, with two bonus tracks added, a live version of "Desert Plains" and "Thunder Road", a track from the Ram It Down sessions.

In the booklet of the Remastered CD, the band states:

"Recorded on the island of Ibiza with multiple distractions, glorious sunshine, and extremely low cost alcohol, this album was regarded with mixed feelings because it was different from what people expected. The album was nearly all spontaneously written and performed in Ibiza - it was an experiment in the sense that before this we had already written the majority of the songs before going into the studio."

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

In 2005, Point of Entry was ranked number 352 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K.K. Downing, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Heading Out to the Highway"   3:47
2. "Don't Go"   3:18
3. "Hot Rockin'"   3:17
4. "Turning Circles"   3:42
5. "Desert Plains"   4:36
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Solar Angels"   4:04
7. "You Say Yes"   3:29
8. "All the Way"   3:42
9. "Troubleshooter"   4:00
10. "On the Run"   3:47

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^
Worldwide sales: 1,600,000

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Judas Priest
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Judas Priest Info Pages - Faqs". Thexquorum.com. 2002-11-16. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 69. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Point of Entry in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH