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  • Audio CD (7 July 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg/Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VBZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,216 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Wilkinson on 15 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This was Ministry's first album from 1983.For those who only know their new stuff this will shock you.It's classic 80's electro-pop before the apocalyptic industo-noise-metal took over.Al Jourgensen seems to have disowned it,claiming he had little control over the production and direction,but I love it,maybe he'll come round.It could be said even by 83 standards it sounds a bit dated.I only heard it ten years later or so but I think I would have rejected it at the time it came out,my snobbier taste having moved towards harsher Alien Sex Fiend style goth rock,but if it was 81 I would have loved it as much as I did the Human League or Heaven 17.
Theres a large amount of funkiness on offer as well as some bittersweet ballad style songs,and plenty of electro-pop of course.
For 80's fetishists and open minded Ministry fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chrissyboy on 28 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Brilliant Album !! Been after this one for a re-isseue in a long time , and now it`s available !! Yeah ! and you gotta love the "Faux Brit vocal" on " Revenge" ......Man, that`s such a great track !!!!! But hey .....Listen to the rest aswell .......a great classic from the 80`ès scene before Ministry changed thier sound for good .
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Ministry's Roots 19 July 2002
By "swordofset" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For years "With Sympathy" has been like the dirty little secret of the Ministry catalogue.Al Jourgenson claimed that the record company pressured him to put out stuff that was more accessible and poppy but he wanted to keep his work having a harder edge. Is this true or was he just covering up to lend credit to his thrash metal credentials? Well, maybe both? If you look at what was released before "With Sympathy" a long forgotten EP entitled "Cold Life" it does lend some credence to this story. Perhaps he wasn't looking to make hardcore thrash metal back in '81-'82 but taking the era into account, "Cold Life" did have a harder edge and misanthropic attitude to it for the time it was released. It also contained one of the best Ministry songs of all time "I'm Falling"(and it is a CRIME that this song only exists on vinyl), which sounds a lot like later faster thrashy Ministry songs, just stripped down without a huge crunchy guitar, but the bass line is fast and the singing was quite similar...just no wall of guitar. Then "With Sympathy" comes out. Major record label and for all intents and purposes it is a standard poppy New Wave album (although a superior one). However, the attitude is a little darker, more cynical and misanthropic than most anything within that genre being released at that time. I mean, just check out "Revenge" and "Effigy(I'm not an)"....great songs. "Revenge" alone to me is one of the best 80's New Wave pop songs ever recorded and alone is worth the price of picking up the cd.
After this Ministry leaves Arista, gets reaquainted to Wax Trax! and releases the "All Day"/ "EveryDay(Is Halloween)" single and this leads up to "Twitch"...and then we move onto "The Land Of Rape And Honey", easily one of the best Industrial hybrid releases of all time..and one of the most influential. the rest is history and an easy progression to track. Some say that "Twitch" is the bridge between "With Sympathy" and "Land Of Rape..". Not exactly. The picture is incomplete without taking into account his work with the Revolting Cocks' "Big Sexy Land". Indeed when you take these releases into account and the gradual hardening of the Industrial scene in general at the time "Land Of Rape.." isn't such a huge leap as you might think.
However, some people who discovered Ministry a little later will not understand and even hate "With Sympathy". Well, that's fine, but you have to understand THIS represents where Ministry really came from. I read an article once where Jourgenson was discussing his early days in the dance club scene. Like it or not, Ministry has been around for a looong time now and originated out of the dancey New Wave scene. However Ministry evolved over time as far as the surface sound is concerned, but really if you really take a good listen, the basic attitude has remained fairly consistent.
Despite "With Sympathy"'s New wave pop exterior, there is a lot of attitude on this release; the aforementioned "Revenge" being the most satisfyingly palpable of it. This is a great CD if you have enough of an open mind to get past the Pop New Wave trappings. It's written well, it has great production and it's fun to listen to. Yes, it sounds a bit dated, very early 80's but the music is very very good and is an example of just how good some 80's pop really could be. And it is fun to play this and then stick in "The Mind..." or "Land of Rape.." right after it. A classic worth getting. Your ministry collection just ain't complete without it.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
the verdict on old Ministry vs. new Ministry: WHO CARES?? 26 April 2001
By man_invisible - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Ministry camp seems divided into two specific fan bases: those who like the synth-pop Ministry (circa early 1980s) and those who prefer their latter-day speed metal. After seeing all the infantile whining over which era of Ministry has the better sound, I can only wonder why people are so hostile against the band's chosen weapon: variation & diversity. I love "The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste," "Psalm 69," and even "Filth Pig" and "Dark Side of the Spoon"; I also have admiration for "Twitch," the early songs on "12-inch Singles," and yes, even "With Sympathy." This album marks the experimental days of Ministry as they tried to blend in with the new wave crowd and tinged their songs with genuine emotion (as opposed to the loud, angry feelings expressed in their later masterpieces). Among the catchy pop tracks, "Effigy (I'm Not an)," "Revenge", and "Say You're Sorry" stand out as the best, with Al's vulnerability on full display. "With Sympathy" is a solid album that moves along quickly at under 40 minutes, and I recommend it, as I do every other Ministry album. Listen with an open mind.
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This is the story I heard 25 April 2006
By Kerry Garrett - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I had a buddy who met Alan Jorgensen on the first Revolting Cocks tour, and here is the story he was told. The With Sympathy album was made solely to get Ministry a record deal. The band was already doing the up and coming Chicago industrial sound way back in, what was it 82 or 83 when this album first came out. Alan said that he was forced to do new wave for the first album or no deal. Al also was rumored to break copies of With Sympathy if he ever saw one in someone's record collection. My buddy had heard this and hid his copy when Alan was at his house. My friend said that Alan did look through his records while he was there but since With Sympathy was hidden there was no record breaking episode.
I myself agree with Alan. With Sympathy is not a Ministry album. It is a new wave album that ranks up there with some of my favorite albums from that time period, The Hurting, Rio, Doot Doot, that kind of stuff. I remember when Twitch came out and we all thought that someone else was using the Ministry name. Alan was dressed all crazy and riding in a shopping cart on the All Day video and the Alan we knew from the Effigy video was a run of the mill waver, spiky black hair and a tank top kinda thing. Little did we know that our little new wave world was getting kicked to the curb. Industrial dance music was here and it didn't care what you were listening to last week. It was time to throw away the day glow spandex and put on the bulkiest blackest clothes you could find at the vintage store.
If you like this album but you don't like Twitch then don't bother buying any other Ministry albums.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Al... before drugs 24 Nov. 2000
By M. Lapin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ok, so it's not a Ministry album. No distorted walls of guitars, no screaming, no industrial-metal here. This one does have plenty of catchy new wave pop songs complete with Al's pre-distortion faux british accent.

Basically, if your introduction to Ministry was Psalm 69, you won't like this. One thing this album does do, though, is show a Ministry fan where Al came from. Just like Twitch is the bridge between this album and Land of Rape & Honey, this album shows you how Al got started. Shards of this album can be heard all the way through LoR&H. with every album Al shed a piece of his new wave poppy side and eventually began creating songs like "Burning Inside." Ever wonder why Al sings with an slight accent in LoR&H? Well, it all started here.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
misunderstood classic 29 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
contrary to some stories, Al Jourgensen was not coerced into putting out this surprisingly sophisticated example of '80s synth rock. He was living in Boston at the time and quite in love with the idea of becoming a pop god. His bandmates, mostly hired hands like Brad Hallen and Mark Pothier of the Boston band Adventure Set, wanted a harder edge and darker shading, but Jourgensen was sold a story by Arista and believed it. Live, this incarnation of Ministry was more forboding and actually, the tensions within the band can be heard just beneath the gleaming pop veneer. This stands up - there are some wonderful songs.
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