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Released: Dec. 31, 1991

Rating: 3.817 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: alternative rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Pain Lies on the Riverside
  2. Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)
  3. The Beauty of Gray
  4. Brothers Unaware
  5. Tired of “Me”
  6. Mirror Song
  7. Waterboy
  8. Take My Anthem
  9. You Are the World
  10. Good Pain
  11. Mother Earth Is a Vicious Crowd
  12. 10,000 Years (Peace Is Now)

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 1.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 73
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Operation Spirit (1/25/92) #9 MR
  • Pain Lies on the Riverside (5/2/92) #24 MR
  • The Beauty of Gray (1992) --

Notes: --



Mental Jewelry
“Live’s debut album, Mental Jewelry, is full of Ed Kowalczyk’s Eastern philosophical ideologies;” GB “many of the songs…are based on the writings of Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti.” WK The band even go “as far as to name one track here after a Krishnamurti book, You Are the World).” GB. “Considering the quartet were twentysomethings questioning their Christian upbringings at this time, it’s understandable that they’d sing lines like ‘I have forever always tried/ to stay clean and constantly baptized’ and promote brotherhood, world peace, and self-awareness. But too soon Mental Jewelry sounds too idealistic, too preachy, and sometimes silly (‘You’ve got ten fingers, two legs, one nose, like me, just like me,’ from Brothers Unaware). They hit the mark sometimes – like with the self-questioning Mirror Song and the U2-inspired Pain Lies on the Riverside – as well as the minor alt-radio and MTV hit Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition). But overall, Mental Jewelry is a reflection of a spiritually experimental Kowalczyk, and is not really meant for a larger audience.” GB

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previous album: Throwing Copper (1994)

Last updated January 13, 2010.