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Point of Entry
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Studio album by Judas Priest
Released26 February 1981
RecordedOctober–November 1980, Ibiza, Spain
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerJudas Priest and Tom Allom
Judas Priest chronology
Original Japanese & North American cover

Point of Entry is the seventh album from the British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It was released on 26 February 1981.

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 melodic, 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.


  • 1 Promotion
  • 2 Cover
  • 3 Reissues
  • 4 Critical reception
  • 5 Track listing
  • 6 Sales and certifications
  • 7 Personnel
  • 8 Charts
  • 9 References


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."[1] 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.[1] "'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!'"[2] The artwork also saw the introduction of the 3D Judas Priest logo, which would be used up to Turbo.


The album was remastered in 2001, with two bonus tracks added, a live version of "Desert Plains" and "Thunder Road", a track from the Ram It Down sessions.

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.

Critical reception

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.[4] In the 2007 book Metal: The Definitive Guide, author Garry Sharpe-Young wrote that the album consists of "radio-friendly fillers." Morever, Sharpe-Young called the original British artwork "bland" and subsequent American alternative artwork "an even worse compromise."[5]

Track listing

All tracks written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K.K. Downing, except where noted.


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  • Rob Halford – vocals
  • K. K. Downing – guitar
  • Glenn Tipton – guitar
  • Ian Hill – bass guitar
  • Dave Holland – drums
  • Produced by Judas Priest and Tom Allom
  • Engineered by Louis Austin
  • Mixed by Tom Allom
  • Mastered by Ray Staff
  • UK cover design by Rosław Szaybo
  • US cover design by John Berg, photography by Art Kane


  1. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (2007). Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers. Toronto, Canada: ECW Press. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-55022-784-0. 
  2. ^ Gett, Steve (1984). Judas Priest: Heavy Duty. Port Chester NY: Cherry Lane Music Company, Inc. p. 47. ISBN 0-89524-227-3. 
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "AllMusic review". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  4. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 69. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  5. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2007). Metal: The Definitive Guide. pp. 37–38. Retrieved 24 September 2015 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Point of Entry in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  8. ^ " – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  9. ^ " – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  10. ^ " – Judas Priest – Point of Entry". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Judas Priest | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Judas Priest – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Judas Priest. Retrieved 23 March 2015.

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