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  • Audio CD (May 29 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005K9LL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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1. Heading Out To The Highway
2. Don't Go
3. Hot Rockin'
4. Turning Circles
5. Desert Plains
6. Solar Angels
7. You Say Yes
8. All The Way
9. Troubleshooter
10. On The Run
11. Thunder Road
12. Desert Plains (live)

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Format: Audio CD
Although not as good as 'Hell Bent for Leather' (1978) and not as bad as 'Turbo' (1986), 'Point of Entry' (1981) IS an exercise is popish hard rock (as opposed to heavy metal). It was clearly an attempt to capitalize on the success of their first real hit single, "Living After Midnight", and the record spawned three videos, although I do not remember seeing any of them in heavy rotation on MTV. Although this record ranks on the bottom of most Priest fans' lists, it does boast two classic tracks that make it worth the price of admission - "Heading Out to the Highway" and "Desert Plains" - which remain live staples.
As with the other Priest remasters, there are extra tracks. The live version of "Desert Plains" is actually taken from a 1986 Turbo-era show (despite what the liner notes state), and the studio track, "Thunder Road", although consistent with the theme of this record is actually a good outtake from 'Ram It Down' (1988) (actually some of the lines were lifted and used in "I'm a Rocker").
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Format: Audio CD
Point Of Entry (1981.) Judas Priest's seventh album. This album has different covers in America and England.
With their 1980 effort, British Steel, Judas Priest had proven a point - unlike many rock bands, they had survived the transition from the seventies to the eighties. The turning of the decade caused some bands to change their sounds too drastically to maintain an audience, and some bands simply couldn't keep up. with changing trends. Likewise, many rock bands of this period were haunted by member deaths (it was in this time period that Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham lost his life.) But, astonishingly, Priest was not among these bands that would be destroyed. The band released its seventh album, Point Of Entry, in 1981. For some strange reason, this album had different covers in the US and the UK. American audiences got the cover shown on this page, featuring a blue carpet rolled out on the desert, while British audiences got one of a beam in the sky (if you want to see the other cover, pay a visit to Amazon UK (there's a link at the bottom of this page.))Read on for my review of the album.
Before I begin analyzing this album track by track, I should probably state that this is Judas Priest's hardest Halford-era album to review, simply because it's probably their most different-sounding one. But, the difference doesn't hurt the band at all. The band kicks the album off with a highly memorable rocker, Heading Out To The Highway. This track is quite similar to Living After Midnight from their previous album, and that's a good thing. This album didn't spawn any really big hits, but that's not a bad thing - underrated masterpieces are the strength of this album. Another one of Priest's underrated classics, Hot Rockin', can be found on this album.
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Format: Audio CD
This is another great Judas Priest album. It sounds heavy and catchy just like all Priest albums. It also has a unique atmospheric quality. It sounds like somebody riding a motorbike through the Arizona desert and thats exactly what the lyrics of "Desert Plains" is about. The American sleeve for the album seems to confirm this. It sounds a bit like a mixture of "British steel" and "Screaming for vengeance". Like a signpost between their British period(Evrything up to British Steel) and their American period(From Screaming... onwards). Don't forget that they where moving from England to America in this period (tax exile) and it sounds like it(With American I don't mean commercial I'm more reffering to the feel of it).
By the way there has been some critisism against this album for some reason. Just ignore it this album is just as heavy and typical Judas Priest as the rest.
P.S.: If you where wondering what the frontcover of the European version is. It's the backend of a jetfighter. It took 8 years of hard looking to see that
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Format: Audio CD
When I was in junior high school in the early 80's I worshipped Judas Priest. "Point Of Entry" is probably their best album in my opinion...back then they were called "albums" by the way.
"Turning Circles," "Hot Rockin'," "Heading Out To The Highway," "Solar Angels," "Desert Plains" and "Turning Circles" were all great tunes and every once in a while I still crank them up on my RoadRunner Rhapsody Software account for a nostalgic kick.
"British Steel," "Point Of Entry" and "Screaming For Vengeance" were definitely the pinnacle of the group's musical career.
Who could forget the old MTV videos of Heading Out To The Highway and Hot Rockin'? Although Rob Halford's admissions to being openly gay were a bit of a shock to me and my macho, heavy metal listening former self, I still respect and enjoy their music regardless, much like the mainstream still enjoys Queen...music is music.
"You Say Yes," "All The Way," and "Troubleshooter" are also quality tunes from Heavy Metal's glory days on this release that have always been under-appreciated.
While gay, hairy, macho guys in leather might give us heterosexual guys the squeamies, no one knew it back then and the subject material of their songs generally referred to women or just plain macho man antics.
Do I feel "betrayed" by Judas Priest being a former big fan as a girl crazy youngster? No, because I never even felt or saw a bit of sexuality in their music, it was just good, hard rockin' British metal.
Point Of Entry is truly one of the finest Heavy Metal albums ever created.
Rock on.
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