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I, Assassin [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Gary Numan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00006J677
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Boys And Heroes
2. War Songs
3. A Dream Of Siam
4. Music For Chameleons
5. This Is My House
6. I, Assassin
7. The 1930s Rust
8. We Take Mystery To Bed
9. War Games
10. Glitter And Ash
11. The Image Is
12. This House Is Cold
13. Noise Noise
14. We Take Mystery (early version)
15. Bridge? What Bridge?

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Originally released in 1982, I, Assassin combines Numan’s pioneering electronica with a jazzy fretless bass and solid rock drumming. Though the change from his earlier pop style resulted in moderate sales at the time, the album’s groove-orientated songs offer a complexity and maturity that has a more contemporary edge. The remaster includes the three singles, ‘White Boys and Heroes’, ‘Music For Chameleons’ and ‘We Take Mystery’ as well as seven bonus tracks. Remastered from the original studio analog tapes for optimum sound quality the album includes original and expanded artwork in a 20 page book, extensive new sleeve notes and lyrics.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best bonus tracks ever 5 Aug 2003
By Mick E
Format:Audio CD
I always remember this album in particular for two of Gary Numan's best singles, `Music For Chameleons' and `We Take Mystery To Bed' (his last Top 10 hit). `I, Assassin' followed on from the mighty `Dance' and while it is not really anywhere near it's predecessor in terms of experimentation and overall musical quality it is still a pretty fine effort nonetheless. It could almost be classed as `Dance-lite' as Numan continued with the fretless bass and sax but in a much more upbeat, commercial manner.

There aren't any real bad tracks on this album as such; for me only `'War Songs' really stood out as an average track while stuff like the aforementioned singles and the magnificent `This Is My House' are the tracks which left the most lasting impression. Where Gary Numan really slipped up with `I, Assassin' is only evident when you get to the B-sides and bonus tracks, as some of them are MILES better than the album's original tracks, which as I said earlier weren't half-bad themselves. Considering that `I, Assassin' only had 8 tracks on it's original release it seems baffling why songs like `War Games', `The Image Is', `This House Is Cold' and the classic `Noise, Noise' were only used as B-sides or 12" extras. These tracks really do enhance this album even further making `I, Assassin' an even more attractive purchase now than it was in 1982.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars this takes me back.... 24 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought the original in 1982 on cassette so was compelled to see if, over 20 years on, I, Assassin still held it's own.
It does to some degree, but is undeniably a product of it's time. Numan returned to thefore having spent a year in America as a tax exile. He "retired" from live performances with a bang, putting on three consecutive sell out extravaganzas at Wembley Arena. Unsurprisingly, for someone who now professes to love touring, he toured I, Assassin in 1982 in North America, having assembled a new band.
It's a rich album, full of warm anlaogue synths and showcasing the talent of a previously unknown bassist called Pino Palladino. Palladino is now one of the most coveted session bassists on the circuit and has played with some of the world's biggest artists on some of the world's biggest stages. On this album, Numan gave him the freedom to explore using the fretless bass as almost a lead instrument. Palladino developed a fat trademark bass sound that is probably best remembered not on this albunm, but on the following year's Paul Young track, "Wherever I lay My Hat".
So, if you're not a fan of fretless bass, you won't like this album.
I, Assassin proper only has eight tracks, three of which were singles, Music for Chameleons, We Take Mystery, and White Boys and Heroes. This remastered edition contains all the additional tracks that were on the flip sides of the singles and the 12"s. (Remember the days when a 12" single was an event because you got extra tracks?) The additions are all good. As a whole though, the album is fairly one dimensional but that's not necessarily a bad thing. There is some strong song writing here especially if you look at the electronic music he was releasing only a couple of years before.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, atmospheric and funktified 4 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
'I, Assassin' has always been one of my favorite Gary Numan albums. It mixes well crafted soundscapes with groovy fretless bass and punchy synth bits. If I had to put this in a genre I'd call it 'electro-funk', but Numan's brilliant music generally defies labels. The attention to detail on this album separates it from Numan's earlier works. One can really hear his command of the studio and his excellent production techniques on every track. The lyrics shift from his previous styles too. The science fiction obsessions of "Replicas" are not present on this album at all. He focuses on personal relationships and oddly quixotic commentary on human nature. His attempt here is not to pose serious questions about these subjects, but to use entrenched irony to discuss them. The album is intellectually sophisticated, sonically impressive and quite danceable as well.
"White Boys and heroes' begins the album with one of the best, funkiest bass grooves of all time."War Songs" features impressively powerful grimy synth melodies and a wicked chorus. "A Dream of Siam" slows it down with a chilling set of sounds and a menacing bass part. The mumbled, light vocal work on this track is particularly nice. "Music For Chameleons" is perhaps one of the most well structured songs. It begins with a fiery diso/jazz style rhythm and builds to a heavenly strong chorus but then fades into atmospherics. It picks up near the end to add to the drama. "This is My House" is my favorite track. Imagine James Brown merges with pale white British boy and you've got a good idea for this one. The bass is funky, the lyrics are hiccupped and the synth effects add gorgeously to the timbral diversity of the song. The title track is somewhere between a fast paced dance song and a meditative lounging track.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly Hat, Great Album! 7 Feb 2012
By Pink
Format:Audio CD
After the stylistic left-turn of the previous album `Dance', Gary Numan returned to more familiar territory on `I Assassin'.

The catchy tunes were back, along with Numan's trademark Vox Humana synth-lead and a slick `funk' groove courtesy of this album's ace card, the incomparable Pino Palladino, whose complex and fluid fretless basslines drive every track.

The album features mostly mid-to-fast tempo songs with very little light and shade, although `A Dream of Siam' and the blusey curio `The 1930's Rust' do provide some relief from Chris Slade's (later of AC/DC!) relentless dry rock drumming.

`I Assassin' sired three great singles, `Music For Chameleons', `We Take Mystery' and the utterly brilliant `White Boys And Heroes'. If the album is a masterclass in fretless bass, then `White Boys And Heroes' is surely the final lesson, and is still one of my all-time favourite Numan tracks.

This release also includes the B-sides of those singles, which are a remarkable set of songs in their own right. There is the instrumental `Glitter and Ash', the shimmering `War Games', fan-favourite `Noise Noise', an interesting early version of `We Take Mystery' and `The Image Is', which joins `White Boys And Heroes' as a personal fave.

Only the unappealing nonsense of 'Bridge? What Bridge', with the hideous guests Dollar clearly taking the p*ss, lets the side down. No matter.

Finally, for completists there is also a superb outtake from the sessions 'This House Is Cold' which sits very neatly with the similar 'This Is My House' and the dark, jarring title track.

In summary then, I love this album and expect you will too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars just above average album
for me the this marks the the end of his best works, after this album i lost it and picked-up again with "Sacrifice'
I much prefer the first 3 albums but got to appreciate... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. A. Van Meer
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed masterpiece
Epic Pino Palladino bass, some excellent hooks and typically powerful synth work. Should be an essential part of any Numan collection.
Published 9 months ago by dante1927
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Loved Gary Numan in the day.Now getting CDs.Speedy delivery.Brings back memories.Will try to aqquire more of Gary Numans work
Published 11 months ago by Pauline Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
It is great to listen to some of Gary's tracks. I have always liked synth pop and this CD is no exception.
Published 15 months ago by Mr. S. M. Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars I, Assassin Review
I, Assassin was reasonable album by Gary, making it his last top 20 hit in 1982 with two of his singles with Music for Chameleons and We Take Mystery (To Bed)(which was also his... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Numanoid79
5.0 out of 5 stars Own it!
Getting your head round Gary Numans music over the years can be a task. I Assassin was at the end of a run of albums, which even some 30 years on still sounds really fresh. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by music lover
4.0 out of 5 stars I Assassin: Numans early stuff.
Early eighties synthesizer pop music at its best.If you thought you didn't like the Numanoid this is definately worth a listen. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by TKMAX
5.0 out of 5 stars Numan delivers once again!
Gary Numan - I, Assassin Review

During the early 80's the last Numan album I bought was "Telekon". Read more
Published on 21 April 2007 by S. Morris
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy and Desperate
An album by an artist in the midst of both a commercial and artistic decline, "I Assassin" is a desperate album. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2006 by R. J. Unsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Numan Pop Album
Although others may have you believe otherwise, this is a great little album. I've owned it for many years and keep going back to it again and again. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2004
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