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 radio friendly direction on Point of Entry.
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.
|Point of Entry|
|Studio album by Judas Priest|
|Released||26 February 1981|
|Recorded||October–November 1980, Ibiza, Spain|
|Genre||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Producer||Judas Priest and Tom Allom|
|Judas Priest chronology|
|Singles from Point of Entry|
|Original Japanese & North American cover|
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, while on the World Wide Blitz Tour of 1981 (supporting Point of Entry), it had been the opening song of every show.
"Europe got an intriguing and colorful sort of futuristic metal wing over a horizon shot...designed by Roslav Szaybo, who had done all the band's CBS albums to date." The North American cover differed from the rest of the world, this being repeated with the remaster. The US artwork, featuring computer printer paper to simulate the line in the middle of the road and white cardboard boxes on the back, was designed by Columbia Record's John Berg. "'The sleeve was awful, scoffs the guitarist (Glenn Tipton), 'and we've got to blame management for that because they didn't shop around enough to get one that was suitable. The American cover was different, but that turned out to be even worse!'" The artwork also saw the introduction of the 3D Judas Priest logo, which would be used up to Turbo.
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.
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. In the 2007 book Metal: The Definitive Guide, author Garry Sharpe-Young wrote that the album consists of "radio-friendly fillers." Moreover, Sharpe-Young called the original British artwork "bland" and subsequent American alternative artwork "an even worse compromise."
|1.||"Heading Out to the Highway"||3:47|
|7.||"You Say Yes"||3:29|
|8.||"All the Way"||3:42|
|10.||"On the Run"||3:47|
|2001 bonus tracks|
|11.||"Thunder Road" (Recorded during the 1988 Ram It Down sessions)||Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford||5:12|
|12.||"Desert Plains" (Live at Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri; 23 May 1986)||5:03|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||19|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||32|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||14|
|UK Albums (OCC)||14|
|US Billboard 200||39|