Ministry ‎– Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984)

Wax Trax! Records ‎– WAXCD 035, Wax Trax! Records ‎– WAXCS 035
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1 Everyday Is Halloween
Engineer – Thom Moore
2 The Nature Of Love
Remix – John Mathias, Sturm (4)Vocals [Additional] – Patty J.*, Richard 23
3 All Day
Engineer – Thom MoorePercussion – Stevo*
4 Cold Life
Bass – Lamont WeltonDrums – Stevo*Horns – Preston*Producer – Jay O'Roarke*Vocals [Extra] – Steve Brighton
5 Halloween (Remix)
Engineer – Alain Jourgensen*
6 The Nature Of Love (Cruelty Mix B)
Engineer – John Mathias, Sturm (4)
7 All Day (Remix B)
Engineer – Alain Jourgensen*
8 Cold Life Dub
Engineer – Ian Burgess*Engineer [Assistant] – Nancy Taylor

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Two printing error variants of this release exist:
1. Spine catalog # is WACS 035 and CD catalog # is WAXCD 035.
2. Spine catalog # is WAXCD 035 and CD catalog # is WAXCS 035. (This variant)

Printed in Canada.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 17837-0035-2 4
  • Matrix / Runout: 2EW0600B

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TVT 7035 Ministry Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984)(CD, Comp, RE) TVT Records TVT 7035 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7035, TVT 7035-2 Ministry Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984)(CD, Comp, RE) TVT Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7035, TVT 7035-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
WAXCS 035 Ministry Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984)(CD, Comp, M/Print) Wax Trax! Records WAXCS 035 US 1987 Sell This Version
WAXCD 035, WAXCS 035 Ministry Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984)(CD, Comp, M/Print, RP) Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 035, WAXCS 035 US 1991 Sell This Version
CLP 1959 Ministry Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, Num, RE, Cle) Cleopatra CLP 1959 US 2014 Sell This Version


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August 30, 2012
For many years, this was the only release where you could find the Wax Trax era Ministry material. This compilation does have an interesting layout, presenting the 4 singles first in their original form, then 4 remixes as the second half of the disc. This release is missing some material. "I'm Falling", "Primental" and "The Nature of Outtakes" are not present. "All Day Remix B" is an alternate version of the Remix from the "Twitch LP" and did not appear on any previous Wax Trax release. "The Nature of Love-Cruelty Mix B" is a slightly longer mix than the original "Cruelty Mix". Otherwise, it is identical. "Everday Is Halloween" has a mastering issue that is corrected on the re-release/remastered compilation "Early Trax."

To clear confusion, "Early Trax" is remastered and contains additional tracks, but it does not replace this release. "Early Trax" does include "I'm Falling" and "Nature of Outtakes", but "Primental" still does not appear. However, this track was reworked into "I Wanted To Tell Her" on the "With Sympathy" LP. "Early Trax" also does not include "The Nature of Love-Cruelty Mix B". The mix presented on the CD is the original 12" Version. "Cold Life" and "Cold Life Dub" are also missing from "Early Trax". While there are shared tracks on both releases, you will need to both to own all the Wax Trax era material. To date, "Twelve Inch Singles 1981-1984" is the only CD release that contains "Cold Life."


May 4, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
First time I heard Ministry was when their music already went hard underway - it was 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' and I guess I didn't like it at first listen... Then slightly later I noticed this bizarre compilation which didn't intrigue me for being neither 'Ministry' nor 'Twelve Inch' collection whatsoever - according to their intriguing blend of electronics and death metal, '1981' seems far too long ago to even imagine what were they sounding like back then... Death metal? Forget it - hello EBM lovers, grab it! For this is a charming set of their earliest period, for quite longtime the only such set available on CD.

Ironically, the title is quite exact - '1981-1984' doesn't really mean a respectable collection of four years in their making but slightly unimaginative collection of original four songs and their remixed reflections - that small line appearing in the title between the two years doesn't really do much justice except possible confusion to fans expecting there is more than four replicas...

Although one phenomenal single ('Cold Life' and its even more excellent dub variant) plus three made in 1984 prior to Ministry's evolution with 'Twitch' still might do the trick in their own right. Enjoyable and truly funky. The rumour has it, Ministry were supporting Culture Club back in those days...