Ministry ‎– Cold Life

Wax Trax! Records ‎– WAX 003
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single

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Jacket made in Canada.

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  • Barcode: 017837000318

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SIT17T, SIT 17T Ministry Cold Life(12", Single) Situation Two, Situation Two SIT17T, SIT 17T UK 1982 Sell This Version
WAX 003 Ministry Cold Life(12", Single, TP) Wax Trax! Records WAX 003 US 1985 Sell This Version
SIT 17 Ministry Cold Life(7") Situation Two SIT 17 UK 1982 Sell This Version


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March 4, 2018
This is the Wax Trax rerelease of the Cold Life 12". The original had a red sleeve and a different catalog number. The rerelased it in the much more common blue sleeve with Cold Life Dub added and the catalog number changed to WAX 003 to fit the Wax Trax numbering scheme. Cold Life Dub is available on the 12" Singles compilation and its many rereleases. I'm Falling and Primental (an early instrumental version of I Wanted To Tell Her) were both released on CD and digitally on the Trax Box RSD release from 2015. This version of Cold Life (the song) is an extended one, and is the same as the other 12" versions, and has strangely never been pressed on CD or released digitally.


July 26, 2013
I attended most of the ministry shows around chicago, including their first show.
Al was totally into the synth pop scene,and all the promotional hype surrounding them.At the time they were totally fun live, nothing to be ashamed of.
Plus Dan and Jim did not force him to come up with the sound, that's is ridiculous and insulting to them...


April 27, 2003
edited over 9 years ago
The songs on this vinyl originally came out before the "With Sympathy" LP whose new-wave sound Al claims he was forced into by his record label. "I'm Falling" is edgey, but "Cold Life" wouldn't be out of place on "With Sympathy" and "Primental" is an instrumental version of "I Wanted To Tell Her" from his first LP. Plus these songs were released on Wax Trax! where I understand the artists apparently had complete control over what was released. All of which in my opinion deflates Al's claim that "With Sympathy"'s floppy new-waveyness was not his idea. I think he's just embarrassed by his new wave beginnings given what Ministry has become and is trying to excuse the band's perhaps less than impressive first album.