|Studio album by|
|Released||December 31, 1991|
|Recorded||1991 at D.V. Perversion Room, Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Genre||Alternative rock, funk rock|
|Singles from Mental Jewelry|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Mental Jewelry is the first studio album by the band Live, released on December 31, 1991. It is also the band's major label debut and 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.
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.
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|
|5.||"Tired of 'Me'"||3:26|
|8.||"Take My Anthem"||4:37|
|9.||"You Are the World"||4:23|
|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.
|US Billboard 200||73|
|Single||US Modern Rock|
|"Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)"||9|
|"Pain Lies on the Riverside"||24|
- AllMusic Review
- 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.
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- Jason Ankeny, "Live's allmusic biography". AllMusic.
- "Mental Jewelry > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". AllMusic.
- "Mental Jewelry > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" AllMusic.