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Judas Priest-Point Of Entry (Remastered)
on 8 August 2002
As it says, this is a remastered release of the 1981 " Point of Entry" Album. Although it sounds cleaner than my vinyl copy, I cannot hear much difference to My sons CD version (not remastered).
This album has been much maligned and described as Priests weakest offering to date, an unfortunate consequence of following the EXCELLENT " British Steel" album. However there are some good tracks on this album and I do not believe it to be as bad as the critics say. It has a very commercial feel and you can imagine most tracks being released as singles, although they were not.
Opening track " Heading Out To The Highway" is a great track, uptempo and with a great dual guitar part during the song. "Don't Go" slows things down a bit before more high paced antics in the form of " Hot Rockin'" ( anyone seen the hilarious video to this track). " Turning Circles" starts with a slight reggae feel before recovering itself. " Desert Plains" is a STORMING track and is the best of this album, live it came across even better, as you will hear as you get it as a bonus track ( Oh Goody! ). Next you get the phasing guitar intro to another great track, a slow little number called "Solar Angels".
After this comes the problem with this album, 4 songs that are just album fillers. I can think of not much to say about " You Say Yes, "All The Way", "Troubleshooter" and "On The Run". Maybe the group were rushed into releasing this album and did not have the time to come up with anything better. Unfortunatly all 4 songs sound a bit weak and thats being polite.
What makes up for this though is the bonus tracks. There is a song that never saw release called "Thunder Road", Why this was not releaed is a mystery as it is a really good track, uptempo stuff, great vocals from Rob and a middle Bass part, unusual for Priest. I would hazard a guess that it was written around the time of "Turbo"-"Ram It Down". Last track, as mentioned is a great live version of "Desert Plains".
Another thing to recomend this CD is the sleeve layout, nice pictures and all the lyrics, plus some band notes to do with making the album.
Overall worth getting for your Priest collection because of the bonus tracks or you are collecting for the box set.
Remember if this album were not recorded we may never of had the truly brilliant " Screaming For Vengeance" album. You can always skip the naff tracks.