Judas Priest: Point Of Entry CD Track Listing

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Judas Priest Point Of Entry (1981)
Originally Released 1981\nCD Edition Released \nRemastered + Expanded CD Edition Released May 29, 2001\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: Having reinvented themselves as an arena metal act with the hugely successful British Steel, Judas Priest naturally opted to stay the course with Point of Entry, keeping things simple while adding a bluesy boogie in places, a sound they hadn't really attempted in quite some time. However, where British Steel's simplicity was an effective reworking of the band's sound, Point of Entry's songs aren't always up to par, making its less well-crafted tracks sound like lunkheaded, low-effort filler. When Point of Entry works, it works well -- "Heading Out to the Highway," "Solar Angels," and "Desert Plains," for example, are great, driving hard rock songs, but British rock anthem hits "Don't Go" and "Hot Rockin'" seem oddly generic given Priest's reputation for inventiveness. Even if Point of Entry is somewhat disappointing overall, though, it's partly because of the album's genre-transforming predecessors; it does have enough good moments to make it worthwhile to diehards and fans of the group's more commercial '80s output. [The Holland edition features bonus tracks.] ~ Steve Huey\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\n"Oh everybody breaks down sooner or later", July 16, 2004\nReviewer: mwreview "mwreview" (Northern California, USA)\nJudas Priest's 1981 Point of Entry was the follow-up to the classic British Steel. Speaking in vinyl terms, if Point of Entry consisted of the entire first side and "Solar Angels" from side two, it would be 5-star and Priest's most solid album. Unfortunately, it continues with some of Priest's worst tracks. \nFirst, the best stuff: The first three songs also sport music videos available on the video Fuel for Life. "Heading Out to the Highway" is the best of the bunch, but "Don't Go" and "Hot Rockin'" are also excellent, catchy tracks. I really like "Turning in Circles." It is a fun, kick back rocker. "Desert Plains" is excellent. It is a slower track dominated by some thundering drums by Dave Holland (now serving 8 years for a sexual assault conviction). The song transports its listener across desert plains. It is very well done. "Solar Angels" doesn't blow one away but is a solid, catchy track. It is almost of the style of a British Steel song as it is a driving, repetitive song with no chorus (like "Rapid Fire" and "Steeler"). If it had the grinding guitar sound, it would fit very well on British Steel.\n\nNow for the bad stuff: The rest of the album is terrible. "You Say Yes" is just annoying, especially the chorus. The quiet bridge is the best part. Parts of "All the Way" sound a little like "Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise," but it is not in the same league as that excellent British Steel track. "Troubleshooter" is also annoying and "On the Run" is a little better, but not by much. Although this album breaks down at the end, the best tracks are so good that this album is still worthy of 4 stars.\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nDifferent, but excellent nonetheless, February 5, 2004\nReviewer: Der Kommissar (Las Vegas, NV (USA))\nPoint Of Entry (1981.) Judas Priest's seventh album. This album has different covers in America and England.\n\nWith 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.\n\nBefore 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. This song is so excellent that it found its way onto many of the band's hits compilations - even though it was never a big hit. The slighty more melodic Desert Plains is another great track that has become a fan favorite over the years. Too bad this song was never as popular as, say, Breaking The Law, because it's equally good, if not better. You Say Yes is a weird but still excellent track - it's a hard one to describe, but it's good nonetheless. And, of course, who could forget Troubleshooter? Was it ever a big hit? No. Does that matter? No. The song rocks, no questions asked. Overall this album manages to be one of Judas Priest's most underrated albums.\n\nLike the other Judas Priest remasters, this one includes two bonus tracks - here you get an rare studio session entitled Thunder Road, and a live take on Desert Plains. Thunder Road is a good track, but it can't quite measure up to some of the actual album's better tracks. It's above average for a bonus track, though. The live take on Desert Plains is good, but like the live tracks on other reissued Priest albums, it's nothing too special. If you own the older pressing of this album on CD, it's not necessary to buy the album again for the sake of two bonus tracks, but if you don't own the album, make sure you get the new edition, as they are a nice extra.\n\nPoint Of Entry is an excellent Judas Priest album, and while not their best, it is still excellent. If you're a fan of the band, I strongly recommend buying this album. However, it may take some time for it to grow on you - this isn't an album you should judge on first impressions.\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nA classic 70's Rock N Roll album, June 29, 2001\nReviewer: Eden C. (Jerusalem, Israel.)\nThis album is very different from other Priest albums. Its sound is by far the most 70's sounding, although it was released in 1981. Rocka Rolla? Sad Wings? Sin After Sin? Nope.. this album sounds more 70's than all those real 1970's JP releases. You won't get any of the blistering riffs or blazing solos you find in 1980's British Steel or 1982's Screaming for Vengeance (or any other Priest album for this matter). This album is more laid back, has a sader overall feeling, but at the same time it is of the highest quality. You'd find a hard time banging your head to this one, but you may find this one very appropriate at the right mood. The music is superb, and you'll find great numbers anywhere. I wouldn't call this a metal album, it is simply a good Rock n Roll album, with more of an American sound to it, certainly. It's different from other JP releases but still worth any penny. The top highlights are not necessarily the commercial Heading Out To The Highway, but rather songs such as Turning Circles or Desert Plains. A very high quality album to listen to, A must buy for anyone who likes classic rock and metal.\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nJudas Priest's most diverse and creative album, March 16, 2000\nReviewer: Eric N Andrews "Music reviewer" (West Lafayette, IN)\nIn the early '80s, Judas Priest were a busy bunch. Less than a year after coming up with their best overall album in BRITISH STEEL, Priest returned with their most creative album, POINT OF ENTRY. Some might call this rushed, but at least Judas Priest managed to come up with some of their finest material on POINT OF ENTRY. Instead of creating obvious songs about the heavy metal lifestyle of fast-living and hard-edged characters, Judas Priest expands its range with almost-psychedelic highlights like "Solar Angels", "Turning Circles," and "Desert Plains". To compliment them all was lead singer Rob Halford's impressive vocal range that could have allowed him to sing more than just screaming heavy metal. The almost-essential anthem on here was "Heading Out To The Highway", one of their best. Even if it came so shortly after an indelible masterpiece, POINT OF ENTRY remains Judas Priest's most interesting and creative work.\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nclassic hard-driving rock'n'roll, November 10, 1999\nReviewer: A music fan\nDon't listen to some poseurs who claim to be metal purists & talk about how this album is too "commercial." The fact is that this record is simply one of the greatest straight-up rock'n'roll records of all time, with tight songwriting and punch on every track. Almost no other band could do (for the time) cutting-edge metal AND be able to produce finely crafted, simple but brilliant songs like this.\nThe album also features a tight production and the best work from the rhythm section the band would see until Scott Travis took over on drums, as well as the opportunity to hear some more mid-range, bluesy vocal work from Halford, at which he excels just as much as in his signature screams.\n\nI never tire of this one, and if you like rock'n'roll you won't either.\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nJP Go AOR, and I Like It..., February 13, 1999\nReviewer: dpbelle@aol.com (North Carolina)\nSomeone once called this album the Load (by Metallica) of the 1980s. In other words, where the ultimate metal band of that particular generation decided to sell out. This is not true. Point of Entry is a fine album, just not one of Priest' absolute best. They decide to keep all the songs here short and sweet and not as heavy, thus more radio (AOR) oriented, but you'll never confuse them with Journey or REO Speedwagon. More like AC/DC, I dare say. "On The Run" features some awesome vocals and a driving beat...in fact, it's funny I say "driving." This is one of my favorite CD's to drive to and from work to. Yes, at times all the songs sound alike and as far as subject matter, every song seems to be about either riding your Harley through the desert or kinky sex, but so what? It's not PC alternative stuff. Enjoy.\n\nHalf.com Album Credits\nLouis Austin, Engineer\nTom Allom, Producer\n\nAlbum Notes\nAlso available in a 3-pack with BRITISH STEEL and SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE.\n\nJudas Priest: Rob Halford (vocals); Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing (guitar); Ian Hill (bass); Dave Holland (drums).\n\nDigitally remastered by Jon Astley.\n\nDuring Judas Priest's lengthy and successful career, at certain times the band has tried to crossover to a wider, not strictly headbanging audience. While 1986's TURBO is Priest's most obvious attempt in this direction, 1981's POINT OF ENTRY comes a close second.\n\nAfter the release of BRITISH STEEL, its most successful album yet, the band decided to take the singalong anthem direction of "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight" one step further with POINT OF ENTRY. Such tracks as "Hot Rockin'," "Heading Out to the Highway," and "Don't Go," were all early MTV favorites, and although Judas Priest didn't exactly battle REO Speedwagon and Styx for the top of the charts on this outing, it deserves credit for this attempt to widen its horizons.
This rock cd contains 10 tracks and runs 37min 12sec.
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  1. Judas Priest - Heading Out To The Highway (03:45)
  2. Judas Priest - Don't Go (03:17)
  3. Judas Priest - Hot Rockin' (03:15)
  4. Judas Priest - Turning Circles (03:38)
  5. Judas Priest - Desert Plains (04:30)
  6. Judas Priest - Solar Angels (04:01)
  7. Judas Priest - You Say Yes (03:24)
  8. Judas Priest - All The Way (03:37)
  9. Judas Priest - Troubleshooter (03:56)
  10. Judas Priest - On The Run (03:41)

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