Upon its release in 1966, Men from the Ministry received heavy promotion on pirate radio. Disc jockey Kevin McKew was particularly fond of the record and played it five times through on his show, declaring the album 'the breakthrough record of 1966.' Because McKew had a 2:00 AM slot his promotion did little to help sales. Inspection of the back cover of the LP reveals that the disc jockey had a vested interest in the record; he had written the sleeve note. We present it here as it appeared on the album:
Breaking new ground
The Ministry of Rock?
The Ministry of Soul?
No! They are The Ministry of Sound!
By early 1968, when Midsummer Nights Dreaming was released, the music scene was quite different than in 1966. Album packaging was more elaborate, dresses were shorter and bands played a new style of music inspired by the growing underground scene. With this in mind, the second and last Ministry of Sound LP featured a gatefold sleeve that, when opened, revealed an elaborate fairytale written by Irish surrealist Brian O'Brien. O'Brien cleverly wove Ministry of Sound song titles and lyrics through the story. An artist called 'Jester' (an apparent reference to the then popular group of artists and Beatle confidants The Fool) did the accompanying artwork.
Both LPs featured the cream of Southern Music studios house team , John Carter,Robin Shaw,Micky Keen,Clem Cattini,Russ Alquist, and are released on CD for the first time . Each with bonus tracks they make a stunning 2CD set.
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