Live Celebrating Debut Album’s 25th Anniversary With Record’s Re-Issue

Courtesy: MSO PR

Veteran rock act Live will re-issue its debut album this summer.

The band, which recently re-united with its original front man Ed Kowalczyk, announced this week that it will re-issue its debut album Mental Jewelry on Aug. 11.  The release coincides with the 25th anniversary of the album’s original release, and will also feature album in an expanded 2 CD deluxe edition to mark the occasion along with two separate vinyl presentations of the record and even a cassette recording of the album.

The liner notes for the album’s upcoming re-issue, which include stories about the band’s early days before it become a hit worldwide, were written by Kowalczyk. He wrote at one point in the notes of the band’s days playing at CBGB during its infancy, noting the band’s meager wages for the shows at the famed club.

“Hilly [Kristal, the club’s owner] typically didn’t pay bands for showcase-type gigs, but he would give us $100 for gas for the three-hour-plus commute from old York [PA},” Kowalczyk wrote.”

The album’s new re-issue features not just new liner notes, but a handful of rarities to boot, including the previously unreleased song ‘Born Branded’ – which was recorded during the album’s original sessions, but never made it to the record’s final cut – a club remix of ‘Pain Lies on the Riverside,’ from famed Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee, a pair of tracks from the band’s 1991 EP Four Songs and a full-length, previously unreleased 1992 live show from the band recorded at The Roxy in Los Angeles.

Pre-orders for the album’s re-issue are open now with the instant grat track ‘Pain Lies on the Riverside,’ which was taken from that 1992 show at The Roxy. The song is streaming now for free online via Rolling Stone.

The full track listing for the album’s re-issue is noted below.

Pain Lies on the Riverside
Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)
The Beauty of Gray
Brothers Unaware
Tired of “Me”
Mirror Song
Take My Anthem
You Are the World
Good Pain
Mother Earth Is a Vicious Crowd
10,000 Years (Peace Is Now)
^Born Branded
* Pain Lies On The Riverside
< Negation
< Heaven Wore A Shirt
^ = previously unreleased
* = Hank Shocklee club remix
< = from 4 Songs EP (September 24, 1991)
DISC TWO (Live At The Roxy July 16, 1992):
Show Intro
Take My Anthem
Pain Lies On The Riverside
You Are The World
Tired of “Me”
Heaven Wore A Shirt
Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)
Good Pain
The Beauty of Gray
10,000 Years (Peace Is Now)

The band is also touring worldwide in support of the album’s re-issue.  Its current tour scheduled can be viewed online now here.

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