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Official Live Live, Explicit Lyrics

4.6 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (July 29 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Live
  • Label: East-West America
  • ASIN: B000002HQ7
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. New Level
2. Walk
3. Becoming
4. 5 Minutes Alone
5. Sandblasted Skin
6. Suicide Note Pt. 2
7. War Nerve
8. Strength Beyond Strength
9. Dom/Hollow
10. This Love
11. I'm Broken
12. Cowboys From Hell
13. Cemetary Gates
14. Hostile
15. Where You Come From
16. I Can't Hide

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Certified Gold by the RIAA. (5/99)


It's a bit surprising that Pantera waited until 1997 to release a live album, considering how brutal and powerful the band had been in concert. At an average Pantera show, it would not be unusual to see security evicting overzealous fans and club bathrooms filled with bloody wads of paper towels from mosh pit injuries. Official Live 101 Proof captures the group in its natural, violent element, combining abrupt, barbed riffs with pulse-pounding beats and furious vocals. The record spans Pantera's career, from the classic guitar lick of "Cowboys from Hell" to the fuzzbomb fury of "Suicide Note Pt. 2" (from album The Great Southern Trendkill). As an encore, the band offers album buyers two new studio tracks, the bluesy bonecrusher "Where You Come From" and the grinding "I Can't Hide". As the fortress of alternative rock continues to crumble, Pantera stomp vindictively through the rubble, their metallic legacy intact. --Jon Wiederhorn

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Format: Audio CD
For those that do not know much about this band, Pantera is a band that stayed true to the fans that preferred music that belonged in the underground society rather than music that was born to stay in the mainstream masses. Their music, loud, aggressive, and heavy, allows fans, like me, to vent out their anger, rage, and frustration in a positive light. Phil Anselmo's vocals speaks for the generation of angry teenagers and youths alike and is considered a metal hero, due to his constant screaming that symbolizes rage and anger and lyrics that talk about subjects that we may have heard about in the past, but would not speak about it in the public.
Now comes a live album from the band and it is said that they do justice when they take their music and lyrics and blow away fans that attend their concerts. This album is "Official Proof" of that. Taking a variety of songs from past albums, Pantera raises the bar in how a live concert should be - true to the fans and true to themselves. Before or after each song, Phil Anselmo talks about his band avoiding the majoirty and sticking with the minority. In the first place, their music was never intended to be enjoyed by the radio-friendly masses and teeny-boppers. In fact, those who expect to hear words like "Oh baby," in every song from Pantera will definitely be hearing the wrong band.
Some songs that standout from the live performance would be songs like Cemetary Gates, 5 Minutes Alone, I'm Broken, This Love, and Strength Beyond Strength. While I would have like to hear songs that are underappreciated by many Pantera fans, like The Art Of Shredding or Underground In America, the other songs that are part of this live set still display an enormous display of power and intensity.
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This is a great release. The two studio tracks "Where You Come From" and "I Can't Hide" are worth the money alone, the former being a bluesy-metal number and the latter being a 2-minute thrash attack w/ awesome bass intro. Now, the live tracks:
Tracks are taken from every pre-Reinventing album, and made super-heavy. Phil has so much energy live, he makes the three Trendkill tracks listenable even. The constant swearing between tracks might seem idiotic to some, but it sort of reminds me of Jim Morrison's concert speeches. Phil goes on and on about how they could give a [edit] about trends. He introduces half the tracks, and sometimes introduces a bass intro by Rex or a guitar squeal by Dime. It's amazing. It feels like you're at the concert for real. Highlights were:
Hearing "Cowboys From Hell" at twice the heaviness and being screamed.
Hearing Phil warn the crowd about the home video being filmed during "Walk".
Hearing the intro to "Hostile".
In fact, the few complaints I have are these: "Domination" and "Hollow" sound bad as a medley in my opinion. It took from both of the songs and left key parts out. Also, "This Love" could have been replaced with "Mouth For War" or "Psycho Holiday" or even "Planet Caravan" instead. Just minor complaints. The production is also very good. The drums and crowd are both very audible. The CD is even designed to resemble a whiskey bottle--I found that humorous.
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Format: Audio CD
I was at the concert that Walk was recorded at. I was in the pit the whole time watching one friend get a broken nose and the other suffer a black eye, nasty mess that was. But anyway, Pantera puts on one hell of a high energy, in your face up side the head intense metal performance. You know the songs so you know how goood they are, so I don't need to comment on that. What needs to be reviewed is the just amazing stage show that Pantera puts on. Vinnie just looks inhuman behing the drums, it's unbelieveable how insanely talented he is. Darrel has got the most amazing fingers, they must be jello to move so fast and so fluidly and seemingly without doing any work at all. Rex's bass just shakes you from the inside out and you start moving, stomping your feet to it and you don't even know you're doing it, you just can't help it. Phil, well, Phil is one of the best front men ever, he just works the crowd into a frenzy and feeds off of that frenzy working himself into one of his own. The last two tracks are really good stuido recordings, Where You Come From I just so deep and ... rocking, I Can't Hide is fast and hard. Crank them up. The Domination/Hollow medley is one of the best songs on here, but it's probably a toss up between Cemetery Gates, the best I've ever heard it performed and I'm Broken for the best song on here. All in all, this gets my highest recommendation.
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Format: Audio CD
No other metal band (no, not even the heaviest of Death Metal) can match to the brutality of Pantera's live performances. Even through a stereo or headset, the brutal guitar sound will threaten to crush your skull. All tracks on this CD rule, from the merciless piledriver "Sandblasted Skin" (so heavy and scary it makes you feel like you're getting driven down under by a mechanical drill!) and the tear-dropping acustic beauty of "Cemetary Gates". "Strength Beyond Strength", "This Love", and "Suicide Note Pt. II" will punish your eardums, while Dimebag's solos will slice 'em in half.
After the live tracks, there's two excellent unreleased studio recordings. "Where You Come From" is instantly one of the band's best songs with complex, bone-crushing riffs. "I Can't Hide" is a pure adrenaline rush from hell that, like an exciting roller-coaster ride at Great America, will leave you screaming for more.
All in all, an excellent live album that no true metal fan should be without. PANTERA ARE THE IMMORTAL KINGS OF ALL THAT IS METAL.
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