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3.53 | 72 ratings | 5 reviews | 43% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Assassing (3:35)
2. Cinderella Search (4:19)

Total Time 7:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Fish / vocals
- Mark Kelly / keyboards
- Steve Rothery / guitars
- Pete Trewavas / basses
- Ian Mosley / drums

Releases information

7 Single UK: MARIL 2 - Black label
Released by EMI Records Ltd.: 30th April 1984

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MARILLION Assassing ratings distribution

(72 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(43%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (11%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by ClemofNazareth
3 stars Back when I was in the Marine Corps in the eighties I came very close to getting the cover of this disk made into a tattoo on my left arm. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

I’m not even sure what version of the single I have. I bought it as an import back around 1985 or so. There’s no disk number that I can tell, other than a “12Maril2” on the back cover and printed on both sides of the disk label. Marillion list a 12” picture disk of this single on their web site, but mine is not a picture disk – it’s simply a 12” inch single inside a flimsy paper sleeve. The band’s web site also lists this single as containing an “edit” and “full” version of “Assassing” along with “Cinderella Search”. Mine has a version of “Assassing” on the front side which is listed as a “full” version, and only “Cinderella Search” on the back. I haven’t done a note-by-note comparison or anything, but the version of “Assassing” doesn’t sound much different than the album version to me.

This was the first time I had heard “Cinderella Search”, as either the ‘Real to Reel’ live album hadn’t come out yet, or I hadn’t picked it up. In fact, if I bought that one on cassette, something I now regret unfortunately.

This is an early release of what would become a very long line of extended Marillion singles. I probably wouldn’t have bought it except that the band was pretty huge at the time and I really liked the cover art. I’m inclined to give it two stars since I’m pretty sure these are the same versions available on the remastered reissue of ‘Assassing’ that came out in the late nineties. But the fact the band was being opportunistic doesn’t really take away from the quality of the music, so we’ll settle for three stars and call it good.


Review by Gatot
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3 stars I don't own this vynyl, but my prog mate (I'an) do. I remember vividly when I was doing an engineering degree in Bandung and by that time my life was filled with Marillion music with their debut Script for A Jester's Tear and EP Market Square Heroes. It had been a year since the release of phenomenal album Script where my cassette started to ruin due to extensive playback on Script album and it was THE ONLY music released in 1983 that satisfied my expectations. Everyday we searched information about this new band with practically no track record before. And, by that time we had no internet technology yet and so Dr. Google was not around. So, I'an and me tried to source prog rock material from Netherland and we found a magazine called SYM INFO. We did not understand Dutch but we were very very happy to be able to see the band's picture in the magazine which happened in many issues of the magazine that finally we subscribed - for the sake of obtaining info about Marillion! You can imagine how great our anxiety towards Marillion which both I'an and me were very delifghted to have their music. One of the Marillion articles in that magazine featured band's photograph and special spot on Fish with head band, the caption said Kopstuk Fish which assumed that it meant Fish with head band.

One day we knew from SymInfo magz that Marillion would issue this ASSASSING single while at that time we were actually expecting new album. But never mind, finally, through a friend of us who stayed at Dodrecht (spelling) in the Dutch, we purchased the vynyl. We were so afraid that Marillion would go pop after Script. After a long waiting period (remember, there was no internet and we could not order through Amazon) we finally got this vynyl. I had the privilage from I'an to have a spen of the vynyl to taste the new Marillion. I was immediatley impressed by the production quality (sonic quality) of the vynyl especially on Cinderella Search even though the song is pop in nature. I also liked Assassing even though it's in a short duration of track. I find this single is good and luckily I have the Marillion Singles collection where this single has been digitalized into the boxed set.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars In the 80´s a had a friend who used to travel to Europe and got a lot of records that were completely unavailable for us in Brazil at the time. And she had this single (in picture disc form, if I´m not mistaken). I really loved it, specially for its flip side, Cinderella Search. Probably Marillion´s best romantic song ever, with its beautiful lyrics and superb music to match the inspired title, theme and words, it also features one of Steve Rothery´s most emotional solos of his life. The "A" side is another classic track from this band, unfortunately marred by editing: at only 3;35 minutes it has little more than half of its original length, even if that does not make the songs loose its power and venom.

However, as good as they were, both versions here would pale from their renditions on Real To Reel live album of 1984. On that LP, Assassin in particular is much better than even the full length version of Fugazi. Cinderella Search also benefits greatly from the live performance, specially the new, dramatic, ending.

So, in the end, this single has more a historical importance than a musical one, since better interpretations pof both tracks can be found elsewhere. Also the cover art of the single is fantastic. For that alone I think the single was worth, at least at the time.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "Assassing" is a single release by UK progressive rock act Marillion. The single was released through EMI Records in April 1984. It's the second single released to promote the band's second full-length studio album "Fugazi" (March 1984). "Assassing" was released in both a 7" and a 12" version. The A-side of the former features an edited version of "Assassing", which is almost 4 minutes shorter than the 7:01 minutes long version which appears on "Fugazi" (1984). The B-side to the 7" version is non-album track "Cinderella Search". The 12" version of the single features the album version of "Assassing" on the A-side, while the B-side features a version of "Cinderella Search", which is about 1 minutes longer than the version on the 7" version of the single. The 12" B-side also features the 7" edited version of "Assassing".

With it's driving beat, dark mood, and slightly funk influenced guitar riff, "Assassing" is one of the most unique songs in Marillion's 80s discography. The edited single version is of course a bit of an abomination, but thankfully the 12" maxi-single version features the 7:01 minutes long album version, which is a brilliant track. "Cinderella Search" is a great B-side too. The latter is of available on the 1988 "B'Sides Themselves" compilation album, which makes this single a little redundant today, and since the 7" single version of this release features the edited version of "Assassing" (which is not a positive feature), I'm a bit torn in terms of rating this release. A 3.5 star (70%) rating isn't all wrong.

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3 stars Side 1 : Assassing - full version (7:01) : On my 12" version of the Assassing single by Marillion everything matches: the intricate Mark Wilkinson cover, the dynamic neo-prog, the passionate vocals, the venemous lyrics and, last but not least, the outstanding drums by new member Ian Mosl ... (read more)

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