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Point of Entry Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005K9LL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A.J. Taylor on October 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Coming off the success of 1980's British Steel, Judas Priest released Point of Entry, which marked yet another stylistic change for the band. The songs were shorter, the tempoes simpler, and with a more mainstream feel overall. Indeed, this albums has more of a '70s rock feel than any of their '70s albums. It sounds almost as if it's an evolutionary dead end, a brief foray into mainstream rock before the metallic assault of Screaming for Vengeance. However, even as a dead end, it makes a killer album. The songs are consistently good, with the expected screams from Rob and the dualing Glenn/K.K. solos, and for once in the Dave Holland era, some excellent rythem playing. Rob's lyrics, often silly to near the point of self-parody on later albums, are effective and well-written here. Songs like Desert Plains, already instrumentally great, are pushed over the limit with some great lyrics to accompany them. All in all, if you're a Priest fan who already has most of their releases and is looking to round pout the collection, this is a must-have.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S B on June 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First off, it should be noted, as the liner notes indicate, that this was Judas Priest's first attempt and broadening its audience by essentially loading the record with short, rock and roll songs. With the exception of "Solar Angels", this song is more appropriately described as a hard rock record (contrasted with their preceding and succeeding records, 'British Steel' and 'Screaming for Vengeance'.
That said, "Heading Out to the Highway" and "Desert Plains" are indispensible Judas Priest classics. Furthermore, the record is definitely harder-edged than their later foray into popular music, 1986's 'Turbo'.
A note about the remastering (which has been made elsewhere) - there is an audible click about 2 minutes into "On the Run". As for the bonus tracks, the studio cut, "Thunder Road", is one of the better ones on these recent reissues and sounds much like the tracks on 'Ram It Down' (this was outtake from the 1987 'Ram It Down' sessions). The live version of "Desert Plains" is taken from the 1981 tour in support of 'Point of Entry' and has a much faster tempo than the original.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. King on July 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
POINT OF ENTRY is to JUDAS PRIEST what CARESS OF STEEL is to RUSH.
Overlooked, neglected, and absolutely MAGNIFICENT.
GUITAR ROCK AT IT'S FINEST!
I first purchased this recording on cassette tape in 1981, I was in my senior year of high school. At the time, I already owned the BRITISH STEEL (1980) and HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (1978) cassettes (purchased in that order). By then, "Living After Midnight", from BRITISH STEEL, had received SO MUCH airplay that I never wanted to hear it again. Much was the same for the entire BRITISH STEEL cassette. My friends just absolutely played it into the ground. POINT OF ENTRY WAS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR! In fact, I think my friends were asleep when this was released, because I was the only person I knew listening to it. I'll say again, POINT OF ENTRY WAS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, JUDAS PRIEST STYLE!
Positioned between BRITISH STEEL (1980) & SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE (1982), it lacked the commercial airplay appeal of those other releases, and therefore explains much of the neglect that has occurred. By the time SCREAMING... arrived on the scene, everyone was playing it into the ground too! My friends awoke! POINT OF ENTRY just sort of disappeared in the sunset. Such a SHAME! By now, HELL BENT... & POINT OF... were the PRIEST tapes I was listening to regularly. Quite in contrast to my friends.
The lack of commercial airplay appeal is the one thing that makes this a better recording than either ...STEEL or SCREAMING...
The only track on POINT OF ENTRY that received any airplay at all was "Heading Out To The Highway", and it holds up much better than "Living After Midnight" when it comes to sounding dated.
HEADING OUT TO THE HIGHWAY is to JUDAS PRIEST what RUNNING ON EMPTY (the song) is to JACKSON BROWNE.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Davila on February 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What's the big deal!? I don't see anything wrong with this album. Some people say this is when Priest went pop. That is B.S. because Screaming for Vengance came after this one and everyone's crazy about that one. Point of Entry is an album that can definetely compete with British Steel and Defenders of the Faith. From the moment Heading out to the Highway starts coming out of those speakers, you know what you're in for - an awesome rock album! Heading out to the Highway, Hot Rockin', Don't Go, Turning Circles, Solar, angels, Desert Plains, and all the rest are worthy of nothing less than a pefect rating. And by the way, there's nothing wrong with going "pop" thats just when you have become vrey popular and people like your music. It's also when your music starts to mature. I'm a musician, I would know. Don't lsten to those other knuckleheads, this is highly recomended!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eden C. on June 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This 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.
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Point of Entry...distinctive and true to its name.
I agree POE is underrated, here's my ranking of the Priest catalog
1. Stained Class
2. British Steel
3. Screaming For Vengeance
4. Sad Wings Of Destiny
3. Hell Bent For Leather
5. Defenders Of The Faith
6. Sin After Sin
7. Painkiller
8. Point Of Entry
9. Rocka Rolla
10. Angel Of Retribution
11....
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