With Sympathy

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With Sympathy
Studio album by Ministry
Released May 10, 1983
Recorded 1982
Studio Syncro Sound Studios, Boston
Length 37:39
55:59 (2012 re-release)
Label Arista
  • Vince Ely
  • Ian Taylor
Ministry chronology
With Sympathy
Singles from With Sympathy
  1. "Work for Love"
    Released: January 1983
  2. "I Wanted to Tell Her"
    Released: April 1983
  3. "Revenge"
    Released: September 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[2]
I-Mockery4.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide3 / 10[5]

With Sympathy is the debut studio album by American rock band Ministry, released on May 10, 1983 by Arista Records.[6] The group was formed in 1981 by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Al Jourgensen, with drummer Stephen George being the most notable member of its initial lineup. While touring the Midwest and the Northeast during 1982, Ministry have received limited commercial success with their debut single, "Cold Life". Consequently, the band gained attention of Arista label executives, who chose to sign them. The album was recorded in Autumn with producers Vince Ely and Ian Taylor at the Synchro Sound studios in Boston.

On release, With Sympathy received significant commercial success, peaking at number 94 in the Billboard 200 and having sold more than 100,000 copies in the United States by 2007. The album was promoted with three singles—"Work for Love", "I Wanted to Tell Her", and "Revenge"—and the three-month tour. Following the completion of tour, Jourgensen's unsatisfaction over his record deal led the band to their departure from Arista in early 1984 and subsequent dislike toward the whole related period. The album was long out of print, and Jourgensen claimed for years that he had destroyed the master tapes. However, it was recorded digitally, and along with Twitch, it is one of the only known Ministry releases to be produced digitally.[citation needed] The album was reissued in 2012 by Eastworld Records, with three bonus tracks.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alain Jourgensen, except "I Wanted to Tell Her" by Jourgensen and Shay Jones.

With Sympathy — Standard edition
1."Effigy (I'm Not An)"3:51
3."I Wanted to Tell Her"5:29
4."Work for Love"4:44
5."Here We Go"3:21
6."What He Say"4:04
7."Say You're Sorry"4:18
8."Should Have Known Better"4:31
9."She's Got a Cause"3:33
  • "What He Say" was renamed "Do the Etawa" on the European release.[8]:28


Credits adapted from the liner notes of With Sympathy.[9]

Chart positions[edit]


  1. ^ a b Carlson, Dean. "With Sympathy - Ministry". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 24, 2018. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (1998). "Ministry". Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 5 (3rd ed.). Muse UK Ltd. pp. 3692–3693. ISBN 1561592374 – via Internet Archive. 
  3. ^ -RoG- (2008-03-27). "Weekly Stoplight - With Sympathy". I-Mockery. 
  4. ^ Considine, J.D. (September 29, 1983). "Ministry: With Sympathy : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. No. 405. Archived from the original on October 23, 2007. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric (1995). "Ministry". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig. Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York: Vintage Books. pp. 250–251. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  6. ^ Zaleski, Annie (May 10, 2018). "35 Year Ago: Ministry Release Disavowed Debut, 'With Sympathy'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Townsquare Media. Retrieved June 7, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Ministry - With Sympathy [US CD]". The Ideal Copy. 
  8. ^ Greene, Jo-Ann (April 2, 1993). "Ministry". Goldmine (scans). Vol. 19 no. 7 (331). p. 26, 28, 32, 38, 40. ISSN 1055-2685 – via Prongs.org archive. 
  9. ^ With Sympathy (Media notes). Ministry. Arista Records. 1983. AL 6608. 
  10. ^ "Ministry - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums". AllMusic. 
  11. ^ "Ministry - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. 
  12. ^ "Ministry - I Wanted To Tell Her". charts.org.nz. 


  • Jourgensen, Al & Wiederhorn, Jon (July 9, 2013). Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen. Boston, MA: Da Capo Press. ISBN 9780306822186 – via the Internet Archive. 

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