Mental Jewelry

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Mental Jewelry
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 31, 1991 (1991-12-31)
Recorded1991 at D.V. Perversion Room, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
GenreAlternative rock, funk rock
ProducerJerry Harrison
Live chronology
Four Songs
Mental Jewelry
Throwing Copper
Singles from Mental Jewelry
  1. "Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Pain Lies on the Riverside"
    Released: 1992
  3. "The Beauty of Gray"
    Released: 1992
  4. "Mirror Song"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[2]

Mental Jewelry is the second studio album by the band Live—but their first under this name; they had previously released the album The Death of a Dictionary under the name Public Affection, under which it also released the EP Divided Mind, Divided Planet. Released on December 31, 1991, it is also the band's major label debut.

Many of the songs on Mental Jewelry are based on the writings of Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti.[3]

A music video was filmed for "Operation Spirit". The video was filmed when the band were still calling themselves Public Affection.

On June 30, 2017, Live announced a reissue of Mental Jewelry as a two-CD set, with the first CD containing the original album and the three outtakes and the second CD containing a full concert. Cassette and vinyl reissues were also announced.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Ed Kowalczyk; all music is composed by Live.

1."Pain Lies on the Riverside"5:11
2."Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)"3:18
3."The Beauty of Gray"4:14
4."Brothers Unaware"4:45
5."Tired of 'Me'"3:26
6."Mirror Song"3:38
8."Take My Anthem"4:37
9."You Are the World"4:23
10."Good Pain"5:39
11."Mother Earth Is a Vicious Crowd"4:10
12."10,000 Years (Peace Is Now)"5:08

A track named "Susquehanna" was written during these sessions and often played live during the first few years of Live's career under that name, but not recorded until 1993, during the sessions for the follow-up, Throwing Copper. That version would not be released until the 25th Anniversary reissue edition of that album in 2019, however.



Chart (1992) Peak
US Billboard 200[5] 73


Single US Modern Rock
"Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)" 9
"Pain Lies on the Riverside" 24


  1. ^ AllMusic Review
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 490. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone live album guide.
  3. ^ Jason Ankeny, "Live's allmusic biography". AllMusic.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Mental Jewelry > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". AllMusic.
  6. ^ "Mental Jewelry > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" AllMusic.