Mental Jewelry

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Mental Jewelry
Studio album by Live
Released December 31, 1991 (1991-12-31)
Recorded 1991 at D.V. Perversion Room, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Genre Alternative rock, funk rock
Length 51:36
Label Radioactive
Producer Jerry Harrison
Live chronology
Four Songs
(1991)Four Songs1991
Mental Jewelry
Throwing Copper
(1994)Throwing Copper1994
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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[2]

Mental Jewelry is the first album the band Live released under the name Live, released on December 31, 1991. The band 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.

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

Track listing

All lyrics written by Ed Kowalczyk, all music composed by Live.

No. Title Length
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
7. "Waterboy"   3:07
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

Outtakes and B-sides

No. Title Length
1. "Born Branded"   6:36
2. "Heaven Wore a Shirt"   3:38
3. "Negation"   3:42

Chart positions


Chart (1992) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Jason Ankeny, "Live's allmusic biography". AllMusic.
  4. "Mental Jewelry > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". AllMusic.
  5. "Mental Jewelry > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" AllMusic.