Ministry ‎– With Sympathy

Arista ‎– ARCD 8016, Arista ‎– ARCD-8016
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered

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1 Effigy (I'm Not An)
Guitar – Alain Jourgensen*
2 Revenge
Keyboards – Robert RobertsVocals – Marybeth O'Hara
3 I Wanted To Tell Her
Bass – Martin SorensonGuitar – Walter TurbittKeyboards – John Davis (7), Robert RobertsVocals [Feature] – Shay Jones
4 Work For Love
Guitar – Alain Jourgensen*Keyboards – John Davis (7), Robert Roberts, Vince ElyPercussion – Stephen George, Vince ElyVocals – Antonia de Portago, Marybeth O'Hara
5 Here We Go
Bass – Brad HallenPercussion – Stephen George
6 What He Say
Bass – Brad HallenHorns – Ministry Of HornsPercussion – Vince ElyVoice [Chant] – Ziv Gidron
7 Say You're Sorry
Saxophone – Bob SuberVocals – Doreen Chanter
8 Should Have Known Better 4:31
9 She's Got A Cause
Keyboards – John Davis (7), Robert RobertsPercussion – Stephen George

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Mastered at Sterling Sound.
Recorded at Syncro Sound Studios, Boston.
Digitally remastered at Digital Magnetics.

This album is dedicated to Carol Blank with all our love.

All songs published by Ministry Affairs Publishing (BMI)

℗&© 1983 Arista Records Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 7822-18016-2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 078221801621
  • Matrix / Runout: DISC MFG, INC. (H) W.O. 8193-3 ARCD8016
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AL 6608 Ministry With Sympathy(LP, Album) Arista AL 6608 US 1983 Sell This Version
25FT-78 Ministry With Sympathy(Cass) Arista 25FT-78 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
AC 6-8016, AC6 8016 Ministry With Sympathy(Cass, Album, Dol) Arista, Arista AC 6-8016, AC6 8016 US 1983 Sell This Version
ARCD 8016, ARCD-8016 Ministry With Sympathy(CD, Album, RM) Arista, Arista ARCD 8016, ARCD-8016 US Unknown Sell This Version
205 306 Ministry Work For Love(LP, Album) Arista 205 306 Europe 1983 Sell This Version


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March 3, 2015
This album is absolutely awesome. For his time was pretty OK, but today you can see the soul, the visionary that was. If you disagree with me, go check this genre called "nu-disco" or "nu french house".


December 30, 2010

While I myself am more of a Ministry freak to do with their later albums, this is actually a masterpiece.

Many people may not believe it, if you first heard them from Psalm 69, you're going to hate this album unless you are open minded.
Sad but true, you can believe what you want to believe about ol' Al Jourgensen, but this is where Ministry truly started. This is the birth of Ministry, and they've been around a loooooong time before Psalm 69.
Regardless of how bad Al trashes this record, it's much better than the shit he was coming out with in the late 90's losing his mind on Heroin and it's still better than the countless remix albums he has released since The Last Sucker.

The whole story of the record company "forcing" him to write this record, is all a lie to cover it up. Anyone that has Early Trax/12 Inch Singles knows that those songs sound just like this record, just different, and the very first singles on Wax Trax were remixes and demos for this album. So believe what you want to believe, but the truth is, this is where Ministry truly began. They were one of those synth pop/new wave bands like New Order, Berlin, Depeche Mode.. and for 1983, musically the keyboards on this record totally blow away many of the new wave artists at that time. Say the least; chessy lyrics that work with the magic of the music, With Sympathy is a land mark in Synth Pop. No matter how much Al denies this record, this is what he really started as. Anyone that listens to this record and every other Ministry record from here on out, can see the anger in this record that grew on Twitch and through out.


May 3, 2004

Though not much like any of their following albums, "With Sympathy" (i.e. 'Work For Love') stands on its own as a great tribute to sythpop. Dispite Al Jourgensen's obviously fake Bitt accent, "Revenge" and "Effigy" are two of the best tracks... dark keyboards, canned drums, campy lyrics and very dancy. These songs stand up to other oft forgotten syth classics such as Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf," Secession's "Touch" and Q Lazarus' "Goodbye Horses."
If you're looking for classic synthpop tunes of yesteryear, this is certainly quite a find. If you're looking for tracks like "Just One Fix" or "Stigmata," you won't find it here. But If you dig "Every Is Halloween" or "All Day," then you've found quite a "Gemm."


August 20, 2003
Alain Jourgenson himself refers to this album as "[A] complete abortion and total piece of corporate shit" and "The difference between Ministry and other bands is that we sold out before we even started" (taken from Industrial Revolution)