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Mental Jewelry

LiveAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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MP3 Music, 12 Songs, 1991 $5.00  
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 31, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: December 31, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000003BQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Correction of Reviewer January 30, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The reviewer from 11/14/03 said, "This album put Christian rock on the map." I have been a fan of Live for nearly a decade and I can assure you, as can any true fan, that Live is not a Christian band. From what I've gotten from Live's music is that life can be a very spiritful journey. I think that Live and especially the lead singer Ed Kowlczyk has gone through a lot of spiritual changes throughout their time together, but they should definately not be catorgized as being of one particular religion.
A line from "Operation Spirit" says: "I heard a lot of talk about this Jesus, a man of love and a man of strength. But what a man was 2000 years ago, means nothing at all to me today." Now, I've heard Ed say that Jesus in this song could be replaced by most any spiritual icon and the point remains the same - Find the truths out for yourself, don't blindly follow.
Anyway, just my $0.02.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love LIVE, you NEED this album. June 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I can't say it any more straightforwardly than that. This album showcases Live at a pinnacle that, try as they might, they have not achieved with any of the 3 albums they put out after this one. Yes, Throwing Copper did spawn several major hit singles and sold millions of copies, but when speaking of pure musical power, it can not hold a candle to this album.
In these 12 tracks, the writings of Jiddu Krishnamurti find a deeply moving voice in powerful, superb music. Leading off the set is the mournful (yet uplfiting in its own way), and anthemic "Pain Lies On The Riverside". And as great as "Lightning Crashes", "Turn My Head", and "Run To The Water" (the most easily recognizable of Live's ballads) were, they sound almost flawed in comparison. Not to denounce them, they have their place among Live's better songs, but don't quite live up to the very song I'm referencing here, the heart-wrenching, power-drenched but sensitive and heartfelt "Brothers Unaware". Some might say Live distills too much the writings of Krishnamurti, and translates the message in too weighty, and over-bearing a format. Quite the contrary. For words with such grand scope and meaning, only the most powerful musical statements will suffice.
The talent for observations on the world as we see it manifests itself most notably with "The Beauty of Gray", urging listeners to recognize that for every dilemma, there is not simply an absolute right and an absolute wrong, that there is much more to it than that.
If this all sounds like too much for what you've come to know as Live's music (or music in general), worry not.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proud to own it May 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
There's something cool about knowing about a band before most anyone else does. The members of Live put out an album under a different name before Mental Jewelry, but this disc was the first introduction I or any of my friends had to them, back in 1992. It's one of the few albums I still listen to consistently from that time.
From Pain Lies on the Riverside to Operation Spirit to 10,000 Years (Peace is Now), the lyrics hooked me immediately. From a lyrical standpoint I compare Mental Jewelry to early U2--not subtle, occasionally awkward, but no less powerful for all that.
It has been interesting to see Live's development through their subsequent albums, but Mental Jewelry will likely always remain at the top of my personal list from them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best band ever is born November 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Before i begin i'd like to say that this is not Live's first album, as in the people who make up Live, because they did release an album called "Death of a Dictionary" back in '89 under the name 'Public Affection'. But anyways, back to MJ, it is a great album. The foundation of Live, the beginning of it all. The whole album preached peace and love without being preachy. The Beauty of Gray is one of the best i think. The excellent lyrics and music make a unique sound, and provide the base that Live needed to launch themselves into their musical career. There are some really ingenious lyrics in here. This is an album everyone should have.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On my Top Ten list October 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Live on Throwing Copper, and was surprised to see Mental Jewelry at a local used CD shop. I thought they had came out with another album, then checked the dates. This is by far my favorite Live album. It is intense. Words can't explain how good this album is, you simply need to experience it yourself...what are you waiting for?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Live fans!! August 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album from the greatest rock band. I like to relax to this album. I put it on when I go to bed. I listen to Throwing Copper to cheer me up and I listen to Secret Samadhi to rock out. I also have Four Songs, Beauty of Gray, and That's Live. If anyone knows where I can get more Live CD's, let me know!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling Jewelry June 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Mental Jewelry is the debut album from the York, PA quartet, Live. Lead singer and songwriter, Ed Kowalcyzk always wears his heart on his sleeve and the album is full of calls for social awareness and change. Songs like "Operation Spirit", "Brothers Unaware", "10,000 Years (Peace Is Now)" and "Mirror Song" all show the band's socio-political side. "The Beauty Of Gray" is an absolutely great song and quite possibly is the best the band has ever done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 1 month ago by K. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What can I say about this album that 5 stars doesn't?
Published 3 months ago by Kimberly cushman
3.0 out of 5 stars Ed with Hair!?!
This is a pre grunge/alternative album. It is centered more in the instrumental and lyrics rather than the quick hook comercial sound with a splash of funk! Read more
Published 11 months ago by FATHERFINGER
5.0 out of 5 stars Words Can't Describe
If anything Ed Kowalczyk and Live's Mental Jewelry taught me it's I'm not Jesus Christ.

Operation Spirit (The Tyranny Of Tradition)was one of the last videos I saw on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Royland Odell Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Plays like one, long, beautifuly powerful rock anthem.
" You say, 'Hold on to the reins',"
" I say, let them go tonight."... and buy this album.
90's at its finest.
Published 16 months ago by dennis a.
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad and upset
On March 21 I bought this CD, and almost all the CDs of the group, except Throwing Copper that I have since it hit the market. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ivan Maradiaga Cuadra
5.0 out of 5 stars Mental Jewelry
I have listened to it everyday for 4 days in a row! This band has a tremendous amount of chemistry and passion! There isn't a bad song on this disc.
Published 20 months ago by Tony Switzler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This album is Live's best, hands down. While their sound is more polished on subsequent albums, the music and the message are so much more powerful on Mental Jewelry than on any... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Duff
5.0 out of 5 stars Live's debut is a good one
I really enjoy Mental Jewelry. This Live's debut, in my opinion, is by far the most raw Live album. It's almost a grunge album, with many songs in a more rock vibe. Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by Rio Fluzão
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Not A Black And White World
I'll start out my review by saying this:

Every once in a while, I find an album that refuses to leave my cd player. Read more
Published on January 7, 2011 by monty
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