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Ministry of Sound

The Ministry of Sound issued just one 1966 single while they were active. But they recorded several albums' worth of material within the space of about a couple of years, eventually bringing them to the notice of those who collect the small British school of '60s sunshine pop. Too, their history was quite complicated considering their small discography, as they were a studio outfit whose personnel included noted songwriter John Carter, although Carter was not the dominant member.

The core of the Ministry of Sound was the duo of singer/songwriters Robin Shaw and Micky Keen, who had first performed together back in the late '50s in Mick Everly & the Prophets. By the mid-'60s they were part of the house band of Southern Music Studios, and signed to Carter's publishing company as songwriters. They also recorded often at Southern Music Studios as Ministry of Sound, with Carter pitching in with songwriting, guitar, and some lead vocals. Songwriter Russ Alquist also sang lead on some tracks, as well as making some contributions as a writer, with Robin Shaw handling some of the lead vocal duties as well. Top British session drummer Clem Cattini and keyboardist Barry Kingston also recorded with them.

At least several dozen songs were recorded by the aggregation between 1966 and 1968, but the only two that found release were issued on the 1966 Decca single "White Collar Worker"/"Back Seat Driver." In common with much of the material with which the prolific John Carter was associated in the mid- to late '60s (with groups such as the Flower Pot Men and the Ivy League), it gave a British spin to the harmony sunshine pop of groups like the Beach Boys, the Turtles, the Association, and the Tokens, perhaps with a bit of the Four Seasons and Motown thrown in. Some of it also drew from psychedelia in the sophisticated production, use of then-advanced instrumentation such as the Mellotron, songs that explored British characters and situations, and lightly trippy lyrics. It wasn't as good as their most obvious influences, but it was very smoothly recorded and sung, with pleasant if not indelible tunesmithery.

Although some of the songs they recorded were covered by British pop group Amen Corner and Australian singer Normie Rowe, the Ministry of Sound didn't get the chance to release any more records while they were active. They came to an end when Robin Shaw joined the touring version of the Flower Pot Men, with Keen, Carter, and Cattini continuing to focus on studio work. In 2005, 35 of the tracks they recorded between 1966 and 1968 were issued on the two-CD set Midsummer Nights Dreaming/Men from the Ministry, most of them previously unreleased, though it did include both sides of their 1966 single. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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sesthecats.m o t h e r
Renaissance. ? ? ? ? This is driving me insane! !!!! Ministry of sound teamed up with renaissaunce and created some of the most beautiful sounds yet can't find it....help?? ?
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peramp77
Lol looking for Ministry of sound london XD
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How great is it to get this !!! Its like Im back in 66 burning , my birth year
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Oh my god oh my god that so so so epic cool!!!!!!!! You rock :-)
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Dicknipples? ? ? Omg...I love it!!
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It's a label not an artist bio needs to be fixed @pandora
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Ministry of Sound London, commonly referred to as simply Ministry of Sound or MoS, is a nightclub based in London, England and an associated record label. It was ranked fourth in the 2010 DJ Magazine top 100 clubs poll 2010.<1> The Ministry of Sound brand also includes various other products such as dance music compilations and clothing.
~ www.wikipedi a . c o m
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ibewrite
Alternate music universe? I think not. Pandora still hasn't fixed this. lol
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Another Pandora fail...the bio looks right now, but it's still reading similar artists of Paul Van Dyk, Ellie Goulding, and Deadmau5...s o now I'm afraid to thumbs up it! :(
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WTF!?!?!?!!? Pandora please correct your s**t!
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Wrong bio.
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I love this group but I wish they would upload some of the Aston Shuffle's music.
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something tells me this bio is of a different outfit... I'm pretty sure that 1960's british pop didn't include trance music...
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hamishf
OK but not for me.
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They are linking from all songs from the record label Ministry of Sound getting all sorts of music. =/
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dmlp1960
Not too shabby.
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eddiehascal
lol i confuse
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Kathryn, then why are the similar Artists all house DJ's?
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kagurachan19 8 9
dick and ezekiel, you probably are talking about the industrial band Ministry. Ministry of sound is completely different from Ministry.
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christianwar r i o r 7
lmao
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uhh....

this is electronica
not from 1966....
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Yeah.
I digg.
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I love the work Ministry of Sound did in some video games.
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rpforbes
Just the kind of obscure but great band that makes Pandora so useful.

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