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Mental Jewelry

Live Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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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)

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Live ~ Mental Jewelry

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Live Album (Hands Down) Dec 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yes, you read correct. This is my favorite Live album.(Even better than Throwing Copper) Why you may ask? Let me begin by saying this is the first cd I ever owned, so it definitely has a certain amount of sentimentality attached to it. Secondly, this is Live at their rawest form.(Besides when they were Public Affection, but we will not get into that) Anyway, I guess I'm supposed to pick the album highlights but that is too hard since every song is amazing. I think they only had one single off this album which was "Operation Spirit". I remember the video they did for it where they all had their shirts off and they kind of looked like a boy band.(Boy, how times have changed) Sorry about that. If I had to rank all the albums here would be my list:
1. Mental Jewelry
2. Throwing Copper
3. The Distance To Here
4. Birds Of Pray
5. Secret Samadhi
6. V (last and a distant 6)
So if you're looking for something different from the same old boring crap you see on mtv then please do yourself a favor and pick this one up. (Wow, I make a pretty good salesman maybe I should work for Live)
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good debut for a great band Aug. 10 2003
By Matt O.
Format:Audio CD
Live is one of those bands which no one has heard of, but every one knows at least one of their songs. The York, Pennsylvania quartet of drummer Chad Gracey, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer, guitarist Chad Taylor, and lead singer Ed Kowalczyk is notoriously unsung, and even more notoriously in need of it. And despite recent midsteps (namely the obscenely bad "V"), their impression can't be denied, and this is the first step of their journey.
Although this is indeed a good rock album by any standards, those fans who cry that this is their best are, to me, the same ones who think Radiohead's "The Bends" is better than "OK Computer". This is obviously a first album, as much of the album is Live trying desperately to find the sound that suits itself best. The first track is probably the best effort. "Pain Lies on the Riverside" introduces us to everything about Live that his fans love: the simple melody with powerful guitars, the use of a recurring water metaphor, and Ed's voice, which is one of originality and power (a power not fully realized until their third album). "Operation Spirit" is much in the same vein, with a better introduction into the lyrical intensity that Ed is capable of though, as before, it is not fully explored. "Beauty of Gray" is a bit on the corny side, and if it were sung by any other band it would easily manifest some giggles, but it works in the hands of Live.
But while the first part of the album is what you expect from a Live just getting on its feet, it too quickly changes pace as the band tries to find a sound. "Tired of Me" is a good song, but the lyrics are extremely repetitive, and after a few minutes, it gets a little, well...tired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one..... March 14 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that helped me make it through highschool. I bought this album right after the release of "Operation Spirit" and it DOES grow on you and it grew real quick and became my favorite album, and made LIVE my favorite band forover six years. I have since become distant from LIVE, I have apparently missed their 2 latest albums but eventually I will get them BUT this album still remains a classic to me. I have gone through several copies of this album, 2 tapes (that I wore out from listening to it too much and one that somehow MAGICALLY ended up playing backwards) and the cd that I have now that the case is all broken and the book is falling apart.......maybe it's time invest in a newer copy of it...... Oh my this is just like every GREAT band's opening album. It's questioning, making statements and a solid introduction to a band that everyone underestimates. Isn't that how it usually works?? I use to feel a true fan of a band or musician kind of latches on to the first album as proof of their loyalty or something but now I feel that they latch on to that first album because it's the opener for a band that says so much them and everything after is great but never quite as powerful.
THIS IS THE ALBUM to own ESPECIALLY if you claim to be a LIVE fan. Because you CAN'T be a LIVE fan if you don't own this album........
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rare July 15 2000
By ty7777
Format:Audio CD
This is a rare album that holds up lyrically alone and musically alone and is in greatness together. The mix of songs makes for a complete sounding album. It's impressive that the lyrics preach but the songs sound far from preachy and more into the territory of a powerful note. This band manages to be stunning in the first album, and truly profound. Ed Kowalczyk begins his journey into being a truly remarkable voice in music history, he is unusually soft yet forcing, rough and raspy in one spot yet young, pleading, and gentle in another. This album is highly driven for half of its playing time and building up the drive during the other half. E.K. is one of the more seriously talented artists of his generation though he is often misunderstood and picked on for petty reasons by critics. The bands overall ability to build rythms and beats is no less than impressive and chad gracey is right up there with the greats of yesterday like Kieth Moon [The Who] and today like Lars Ulrich and David Silveria of Metallica and Korn. This the first of four genuinely heavy albums the last probably being there most refined capitalizing on their best abilities and backed up by friends of the trade with as much talent [ The Distance to Hear.] In any case it's hard to put a label to music like this, almost as hard as labeling the Dave Mathews Band or Even Neil Young. Either way easy label or no, this music is strong and fairly easy to get into quickly -first song to last. Probably not an effort that will be equaled for the same aspects again by this band who have begun to branch out int several other ways. This album is a rare breath of fresh air even for all its danger prohpecy and frustration of current behavior in society. It's completely worth it. Also It would probably be the best album to begin a fanhood with Live. It describes and outlines there musical beginning and talent and leans toward maturity with perfect accuracy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Correction of Reviewer
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,... Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars great start
not as good as "throwing copper" or "the distance to here", but still almost a 5-star album and i'll round up. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003 by jared
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christian Rock Band in America
This album put Christian rock on the map. The unsubtle references to the Lord, baptism, redemption, and the struggles of dealing with one's devotion to Christ are all there. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Fabian Filahowski
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of jewelry
I like the clear drum that we hear all the time on this album. "Pain lies on the riverside" is my favorite song with a nice bass arrangement. Read more
Published on July 28 2003 by Guylaine Le Ber
4.0 out of 5 stars Live was good before they got famous
Live was a good band before they got famous. This is their first album and their best. The other albums are a bunch of junk that tries to be deep, but the songs don't many any... Read more
Published on July 4 2003 by Dhaval Vyas
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
This is the first cd by Live and I feel by far the best. Its' sound is truly the real face of alternative music. A must have. Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by pdxbeautiful
2.0 out of 5 stars ...for 2 good songs.
The 2 hit songs you heard on the radio are the only good songs on this album. Some of the other songs have thier moments, but are just too annoying as a whole to listen to more... Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by Howard L Lambert
4.0 out of 5 stars The beginnings of a great band
If you're a Live fan, or have just heard "Heaven" on the radio and are interested in Live, Mental Jewelry is a must-have album. Read more
Published on June 5 2003 by William Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't heard this...do take some time...
This is such a good Album...Everything else from LIVE has paled by comparison...Really...I had this on a recorded tape w/ Pearl Jam 10 back to back 10 years ago... Read more
Published on March 11 2003 by G. Simmons
1.0 out of 5 stars The alt-rock version of �We Are the World�
Live is another one of those bands that I'm not sure I should still like. Listening to this album again, which I went back and bought after the bizarrely sublime The Distance to... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2003 by Carl B. Walker
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