Judas Priest: Point Of Entry-80’s-1981.

Ian Hill
Bass (1970-present)
See also: ex-Freight
Rob Halford
Vocals (1973-1992, 2003-present)
See also: Halford, ex-Fight, ex-Hear ‘n Aid, ex-Black Sabbath (live), ex-2wo, ex-Abraxas, ex-Athens Wood, ex-Hiroshima, ex-Lord Lucifer, ex-Thark
Glenn Tipton
Guitars (1974-present)
See also: ex-Glenn Tipton, ex-Merlin, ex-Shave ‘Em Dry, ex-The Flying Hat Band, ex-Tipton, Entwistle and Powell
Scott Travis
Drums (1989-present)
See also: Thin LizzyRacer X, ex-Fight, ex-Hawk, ex-Animetal USA, ex-The Scream
Richie Faulkner
Guitars (2011-present)
See also: ex-Deeds, ex-Christopher Lee, ex-Lauren Harris, ex-Voodoo Six
John Ellis
Drums (1970-1971)
See also: ex-Freight
K. K. Downing
Guitars (1970-2011)
See also: KK’s Priest, ex-Freight, ex-Stagecoach
Al Atkins
Vocals (1970-1973)
See also: Al AtkinsAtkins / May ProjectLyraka, ex-Holy Rage, ex-Blue Condition, ex-Freight, ex-Halfbreed, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Lion, ex-Sugar Stack, ex-The Bitta Sweet, ex-The Reaction
Alan “Skip” Moore
Drums (1971-1972, 1975-1977)
See also: ex-R.P.M., ex-Sundance
Chris “Congo” Campbell
Drums (1972-1973)
See also: ex-Machine, ex-Thunderbay Inn
John Hinch
Drums (1973-1975)
(R.I.P. 2021) See also: ex-Hiroshima, ex-The Bakerloo Blues Line, ex-The Generation, ex-The Pinch
Les Binks
Drums (1977-1979)
See also: Les Binks’ Priesthood, ex-Tytan, ex-Fancy, ex-KK’s Priest, ex-The Shortlist
Dave Holland
Drums (1979-1989)
(R.I.P. 2018) See also: ex-Al Atkins, ex-Finders Keepers, ex-Trapeze
Tim “Ripper” Owens
Vocals (1996-2003)
See also: Beyond FearCharred Walls of the DamnedThe Three TremorsTim Ripper Owens, ex-Brainicide, A New Revenge, Dio Disciples, KK’s Priest, TRED, ex-Iced Earth, ex-Killing Machine, ex-Spirits of Fire, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Carthagods (live), ex-Twist of Fate, ex-Winters Bane, ex-Arena, ex-British Steel, ex-Hail!, ex-Seattle, ex-Soulbender, ex-Trinity, ex-American Dog (live)
Current (Live)
Andy Sneap
Guitars (2018-present)
See also: The Scintilla Project, ex-Godsend, ex-Hell, ex-Sabbat, ex-Acid Reign (live), ex-Fozzy (live)
Side A
1.Heading Out to the Highway03:46  Show lyrics
2.Don’t Go03:17  Show lyrics
3.Hot Rockin’03:15  Show lyrics
4.Turning Circles03:39  Show lyrics
5.Desert Plains04:31  Show lyrics
Side B
6.Solar Angels04:01  Show lyrics
7.You Say Yes03:25  Show lyrics
8.All the Way03:38  Show lyrics
9.Troubleshooter03:56  Show lyrics
10.On the Run03:42  Show lyrics

All music and lyrics by Halford, Downing, & Tipton.

Recording information:

Recorded at Ibiza Sound Studios, Spain
Mixed at Starling Studios, Ascot, England
Mastered at Trident Studios

One thought on “Judas Priest: Point Of Entry-80’s-1981.

  1. Sekrys, October 13th, 2018
    Written based on this version: 2012, CD, Sony Records Int’l (Reissue, Remastered, Japan)

    Here I am again, reviewing another maligned and disliked Judas Priest album, and giving it a great score like the other ones. At this point I think my musical tastes may be out of whack, but whatever. Point of Entry, of course, came out about a year after the successful British Steel album. While British Steel is pretty much a hard rock/heavy metal album (though I would consider more hard rock), Point of Entry finds itself being a much more brisk and more poppy rock album. Though this does sound bad on paper for many, I think Judas Priest almost perfectly created a great commercially viable record that is fun and enjoyable to listen to.

    To me, Judas Priest’s strength has always been more so their song crafting prowess rather than their technicality. This is especially obvious with their 80’s albums. The songs on Point of Entry are very representative of this fact. None of them are technically demanding at all (except the vocals, naturally). Each are a little short in length, and none exceed 5 minutes. However, they all are packed with awesome melodies and brisk guitar work. I think the greatest example of this is the first song on the album, Heading Out to the Highway. It has a relatively simple but catchy main riff, and the vocals take center stage throughout the song. All parts of the song, though, work together. And this brings me to the main reason why I like the album so much: It’s very consistent, but each song is unique and fun. Even silly ones like You Say Yes are just stupidly enjoyable and I can’t help but love the song. Don’t Go, while being dismissed by others as being too much like an AC/DC song, is also a very groovy and great tune, and so is Troubleshooter. These are the best songs on Point of Entry.

    The other great thing about Point of Entry is its production. Simply put, it is the best out of any of their albums. I heard they did this album while in Spain in some barn house makeshift studio. Apparently that’s the secret to success in this field. The production isn’t horribly different from British Steel, but the guitars have a bit more “crunch” to them (I think), and the album is also a bit more echoey and atmospheric, which benefits it a huge amount, in my opinion. Ian Hill is also very audible, probably the most he ever has been on a Priest record (along with Rocka Rolla, British Steel, Nostradamus, and Demolition).

    As mentioned previously, individual performances are the tamest they have ever been on a Priest album. Riff wise, I suppose British Steel is not really much more complicated, but on that album a lot more power chords are used, as opposed to Point of Entry. Ian Hill’s bass lines are still simple, but nice to hear. Dave Holland has always received criticism towards his drumming, often being compared to Phil Rudd, but it works really well here, as the album is simpler as a whole. Rob Halford, however, has not slowed down at all. In fact, this album some of their best vocal moments, just look at the choruses of Desert Plains and On the Run. He did a phenomenal job on this record. My really only criticism of Point of Entry are its lack of a lot of guitar solos. They could have used a lot more.

    I want to devote a small paragraph to the bonus track on the reissue, Thunder Road. Supposedly, it was replaced on Ram It Down by Johnny B. Goode, so there would be a single or something. Let me say, that was a horrible mistake. Thunder Road has to be one of Judas Priest’s greatest songs. From the nice sing-a-long lyrics (just listen to that first verse), and to the epic chorus and solo, it makes no sense why they would have chosen to get rid of this song over others like Heavy Metal or Love Zone. But, that’s how it is, so make sure to listen to this song!

    Point of Entry is a very unlikable album to many JP fans; a result of the fact that it is their least metal album besides maybe the debut and Turbo. If approached with an open mind, however, Point of Entry is actually a really stunning example of Judas Priest’s versatility. I recommend this album to people who love great melodies, and to those who listen to normal rock music. And to those that don’t like either, please give it a chance; you may very well change your mind.

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