When Was The Last Time You Played This Album?

Ministry “With Sympathy”

Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is Ministy, “With Sympathy.”

This was the debut album by Ministry in 1983. I know the band hated it, but I loved it.

Ministry is and always has been, Alain ‘Al’ Jourgensen. He’s used numerous sidemen throughout his career.

“With Sympathy” was their only release on Arista. They jumped to Warner Brothers for their next release which wouldn’t come for three more years. They did release some EPs to fill the void.

Ministry progressed into a much harder industrial sound. This was more synth-pop. 1983! Remember!

‘Work For Love’ got the most play. Other memorable tracks included ‘I Wanted to Tell Her, I’m Not an Effigy, Revenge.’ and ‘I Should Have Known Better.’

It was produced by Vince Ely. Vince ended up playing drums for the Psychedelic Furs.

The album peaked in 1984 at number 94 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.

Here’s crude live version of ‘Work For Love.’ What a great song!


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