Official Live: 101 Proof

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Official Live: 101 Proof
Live album by Pantera
Released July 29, 1997 (1997-07-29)
Recorded 1996–1997
Genre Groove metal, thrash metal, heavy metal
Length 76:23
Label East West
Producer Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell
Pantera chronology
The Great Southern Trendkill
(1996)The Great Southern Trendkill1996
Official Live: 101 Proof
Reinventing the Steel
(2000)Reinventing the Steel2000
Singles from Official Live: 101 Proof
  1. "Where You Come From"
    Released: 1997

Official Live: 101 Proof is a live album released by Pantera on July 29, 1997.


The first fourteen tracks are live recordings of songs from previously released studio albums (starting with Cowboys from Hell); the last two songs ("Where You Come from" and "I Can't Hide") are new studio recordings.

Vinnie Paul:

"We recorded the new material during a break in our tour. We recorded them in 12 days. It was a great feeling to get back in the studio again. Especially when we knew the songs were going to go on an album that is so important for us and our fans."[1]

The track "Dom/Hollow" is an amalgamation of parts of "Domination" (originally from Cowboys from Hell) and "Hollow" (originally from Vulgar Display of Power). The band played "Domination" leading into "Hollow" virtually every time they played either song live.

The track "Hostile" is simply a live version of "Fucking Hostile" (from Vulgar Display) with a shortened title.

During the song "Becoming", the band would end the song with the outro of "Throes of Rejection", from their album Far Beyond Driven. Likewise, the band ended "I'm Broken" with the outro of "By Demons Be Driven" from the album Vulgar Display of Power.

Vinnie Paul commented on the album:

"We felt like after 7 years of playing live, that we wanted to put out a record with all our best tunes. Songs that have our own TLC instead of all that foolishness that happens when a band puts out a greatest hits album or some overdubbed live album."[1]


The album cover is a reference to the Wild Turkey bottle label "101 Proof" referring to alcohol content and "No 5" referring to the brand (Like Jack Daniels Old No 7 brand) and the fact that the band considered this is their fifth "official" release (starting with Cowboys from Hell and not counting their four earlier independent albums).

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[3]
Chronicles of Chaos(3/10)[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]

Official Live: 101 Proof reached #15 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with the album receiving solid reviews, and stayed on the chart up to 12 weeks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pantera.

1."A New Level" (listed on album as "New Level")4:24
4."5 Minutes Alone"5:36
5."Sandblasted Skin"4:29
6."Suicide Note Pt. 2"4:20
7."War Nerve"5:21
8."Strength Beyond Strength"3:37
10."This Love"6:57
11."I'm Broken"4:27
12."Cowboys from Hell"4:35
13."Cemetery Gates"7:53
14."Fucking Hostile" (listed on album as "Hostile")3:56
15."Where You Come From" (Studio recording)5:11
16."I Can't Hide" (Studio recording)2:16
Total length:76:23



Chart (1996) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[6] 19
Austrian Albums Chart[7] 46
Dutch Albums Chart[8] 59
Finnish Albums Chart[9] 16
French Albums Chart[10] 24
German Albums Chart[11] 84
New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 19
Norwegian Albums Chart[13] 36
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 32
UK Album Chart[15] 57
The Billboard 200[16] 15


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  4. ^ Bromley, Adrian (1997-10-16). "Pantera - Official Live: 101 Proof : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  5. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (1997-09-18). "Pantera: Official Live: 101 Proof : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
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