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Customer Reviews

The Album That Started It All

Mental Jewelry is such a stripped down version of Live that it almost doesn't sound like Live at first listen. With intense religious and political lyrics you feel the passion in each word of a young Edward Kowalczyk. The music is raw, the sound is unlike any other Live album, and still a gem. Listen to "Mirror Song" and "Pain Lies On The Riverside" for a great take on what this album is all about. Highly Recommended for Live fans.

Mental Jewelry

This is my ABSOLUTE favorite album of all time. I was in high school when it came out...and I made my brother take me to see them when there was only 50 people in the audience. To date, Mirror Song is my favorite song....16 years later. If I only had one CD to listen to, this would be it...great memories...great lyrics.

If I only had one CD to listen to

It would be Live's Mental Jewelry. Back before the arena concerts and music videos were a group of kids (they just finished high school when the recorded this) making some powerful music. Though their music has evolved outside my current tastes with their later albums, this one remains one of my all time favorites.


Formed: 1988 in York, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Live rose to success on the strength of their anthemic music and idealistic, overtly spiritual songwriting, two hallmarks that earned the group frequent comparisons to U2. The group's roots stretched back to the early '80s, when future members Chad Taylor (guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), and Chad Gracey (drums) began playing together under the name "First Aid" while attending middle school in York, Pennsylvania. After losing an area talent contest, they decided to enlist singer Ed Kowalczyk,...
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