Early Trax

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Early Trax
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Compilation album by Ministry
Released October 12, 2004 (2004-10-12)
Recorded 1981–84
Genre New wave, synthpop, EBM, gothic rock
Length73:25
Label Rykodisc
Producer Al Jourgensen
Ministry chronology
Houses of the Molé
(2004)
Early Trax
(2004)
Side Trax
(2004)
Professional ratings
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Early Trax is a compilation album by the musical group Ministry. It was released in 2004 on the Rykodisc record company.

Ministry (band) American industrial metal band

Ministry is an American rock band founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois. Originally a synth-pop outfit, Ministry's sound changed as they became one of the pioneers of industrial metal in the late 1980s. The band's lineup has frequently changed throughout its history, with the exception of Jourgensen who is the band's main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include Paul Barker, Martin Atkins, Bill Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Mike Scaccia, Rey Washam, Paul Raven, Tommy Victor, Roy Mayorga, John Bechdel, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos, Burton C. Bell and DJ Swamp.

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Contents

The album contains either released or previously unreleased songs from 1981 through to 1984, as well as some remixes of those songs (roughly half of the album by time is made up of remixes of songs also on the album). The album is thus similar to the 1987 compilation album Twelve Inch Singles and contains much of the same material. Most of the songs on the album were initially released on the Wax Trax! label. As can be expected from Ministry's early work, the album features a strong synthpop and new wave flavor - Ministry moved more definitively into the industrial metal genre later into their career (post Twitch ). The album also shows Ministry's early gothic rock beginnings, with the two mixes of "I'm Falling" and "Overkill" being some of their earliest tracks.

Wax Trax! Records is an American independent record label based in Chicago. It began as a record shop in Denver, Colorado, opened by Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, who sold the store in 1978 and moved to Chicago. In November of that year, they opened a store under the same name in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. During the 1980s and 1990s, the accompanying record label became a presence on the new wave and punk rock scenes in the city. The label was purchased in 1992 by TVT Records and was discontinued in 2001. In 2014, it was re-established by Julia Nash, daughter of co-founder Jim Nash.

New wave is a genre of rock music popular in the late 1970s and the 1980s with ties to mid-1970s punk rock. New wave moved away from blues and rock and roll sounds to create rock music or pop music (later) that incorporated disco, mod, and electronic music. Initially new wave was similar to punk rock, before becoming a distinct genre. It subsequently engendered subgenres and fusions, including synth-pop.

Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music, typically employing repeating metal guitar riffs, sampling, synthesizer or sequencer lines, and distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Ministry, Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails.

Track listing

All tracks written by Al Jourgensen.

No.TitleLength
1."(Every Day Is) Halloween"6:36
2."Halloween" (Remix)10:23
3."All Day"5:50
4."All Day" (Remix)6:34
5."Nature of Love"7:03
6."Nature of Love" (Cruelty Mix)6:44
7."Nature of Love" (Outtakes)8:08
8."He's Angry"3:54
9."Move" (Original Mix)5:06
10."I'm Falling"4:24
11."I'm Falling" (Alternative Mix)4:04
12."Overkill"4:33

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