Al Jourgensen’s reactivated Ministry currently is in the midst of a short U.S. comeback tour, but could the band’s much-loved — and, famously, much-hated by Jourgensen himself — 1983 synthpop debut With Sympathy finally be receiving the expanded reissue that was first set for release back in 2008?
With Sympathy is listed for release via Eastworld Recordings on the sites of numerous retailers, including Amazon.co.uk, which had listed it as a June 18 release until changing it to “temporarily out of stock” on Sunday and, now, on Monday, shows it as released, but with a shipping delay of one to three weeks. Amazon.com shows an import being released in the U.S. on June 26.
4Worlds Media, the parent company of Eastworld, shows the With Sympathy reissue on its June schedule and links to an online store that lists it as a July 16 release. That page also reveals the tracklist, which shows the three bonus tracks — “Work For Love” (Dub Version), “I Wanted to Tell Her” (Tongue-Tied Mix) and “A Walk in the Park.” That varies slightly from the scuttled 2008 reissue on American Beat, which was to feature “I Wanted To Tell Her” (Extended Mix), “Revenge” (Remix) and “A Walk in the Park” as bonus tracks.
So is this finally happening? Fans long have felt Jourgensen will never let the long-out-of-print, pre-industrial/metal Ministry debut see release again, and he supposedly once claimed that he had destroyed the original master tapes. So if any readers in the U.K. spot this one out in the wild and can offer photographic evidence of its existence, we’d love to see it.
Tracklist: Ministry, With Sympathy
1. “Effigy (I’m Not An)”
3. “I Wanted To Tell Her”
4. “Work For Love”
5. “Here We Go”
6. “What He Say”
7. “Say You’re Sorry”
8. “Should Have Known Better”
9. “She’s Got A Cause”
10. “Work For Love” (Dub Version)
11. “I Wanted To Tell Her” (Tongue-Tied Mix)
12. “A Walk In The Park”
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