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Mental Jewelry Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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Out of print in the U.S. 1991 release, the debut album from alt-rock band Live. Includes the college radio hits 'Operation Spirit (They Tyranny Of Tradition)' and 'Pain Lies On The Riverside'. The band had previously released the album The Death of a Dictionary under the name Public Affection. Many of the songs on Mental Jewelry are based on the writings of Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 31, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: December 31, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000003BQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on January 30, 2004
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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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on August 2, 1999
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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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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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