With Sympathy

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With Sympathy
Studio album by Ministry
Released May 10, 1983
Recorded Late 1982 at Syncro Sound Studios, Boston
Genre Synthpop, new wave[1]
Length 37:52
56:12 (Reissue)
Label North America: Arista, Europe: BMG
Producer Vince Ely, Ian Taylor
Ministry chronology
With Sympathy
Singles from With Sympathy
  1. "I Wanted to Tell Her"
    Released: 1983
  2. "Work for Love"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Revenge"
    Released: 1983[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
I-Mockery 4.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

With Sympathy is the debut album by Ministry. The album was released in 1983 through Arista Records, with Ministry's members at the time being Alain Jourgensen and Stephen George. Singer Jourgensen was supposedly pressured into making the album in the "synthpop" style by Arista management, which is in contrast to the harder sound he developed as his career continued. However, there are several reports of Jourgensen saying in the eighties how he discovered "hardcore," which changed his musical direction, and became ashamed of putting out a "synthpop" album.[5] Jourgensen assumes a false English accent for all of the songs. This album was also released as Work for Love under BMG in Europe (with the same cover). There is a video available for "Revenge," which was one of three singles pulled from the album, the others being "Work for Love" and "I Wanted to Tell Her."

With Sympathy was Ministry's only album for Arista.

The album has been reissued on Eastworld records with three bonus tracks.[6]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Effigy (I'm Not An)"   3:51
2. "Revenge"   3:48
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
Bonus tracks on Eastworld re-release:
No. Title Length
10. "I Wanted to Tell Her" (Extended Mix) 7:03
11. "Revenge" (Remix) 6:19
12. "A Walk in the Park"   4:58

European release "Work for Love"[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Work for Love"   4:44
2. "Do the Etawa"   4:04
3. "I Wanted to Tell Her"   5:29
4. "Say You're Sorry"   4:18
5. "Here We Go"   3:21
6. "Effigy (I'm Not An)"   3:51
7. "Revenge"   3:48
8. "She's Got a Cause"   3:33
9. "Should Have Known Better"   4:31
  • "What He Say" was renamed "Do the Etawa" on the European release.


Chart positions[edit]


  1. ^ a b Carlson, Dean. "With Sympathy - Ministry". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ "Ministry Revenge (You Did It Again) (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ -RoG- (2008-03-27). "Weekly Stoplight - With Sympathy". I-Mockery. 
  4. ^ Considine, J.D. (1983-09-29). "Ministry: With Sympathy : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ ministrymama. "Concert Review on Oct 30, 2004". pollstar.com. 
  6. ^ "Ministry - With Sympathy [US CD]". The Ideal Copy. 
  7. ^ "Ministry - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. 
  8. ^ "Ministry - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. 
  9. ^ "Ministry - I Wanted To Tell Her". charts.org.nz. 

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