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Brief Encounter
Compilation album by Marillion
Released June 1986
June 1997 (two-disc repackage with Real to Reel)
Recorded Hansa Ton Studios, West Berlin, March - May 1985
Hammersmith Odeon, London, January 9&10, 1986
Genre Progressive rock
Length 30:16
Label Capitol Records
Producer Chris Kimsey, Mark Freegard
Marillion chronology
Misplaced Childhood
Brief Encounter (1986) Clutching at Straws
Singles from Brief Encounter
  1. "Lady Nina"
    Released: April 1986

Brief Encounter is the title of a compilation EP by Marillion with two studio and three live tracks that EMI's American label Capitol Records released there in 1986, coinciding with the band's tour of the U.S. and Canada that year. The band was Rush's support act on the Power Windows tour and also played headline gigs at smaller theatres. The "mini album" contained five tracks: the band's European breakthrough single "Kayleigh" (which had also entered the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100); its b-side "Lady Nina"; "Freaks", released in Europe as the b-side of the follow-up single "Lavender"; and live recordings of the first two albums' title tracks, Fugazi (1984) and Script for a Jester's Tear (1984).

"Lady Nina" was also released as a single with a promo video on the U.S. market, with "Heart of Lothian", the third European single from Misplaced Childhood (1985), on the flip side, but failed to chart.

The title of the album is identical with that of a subsection of the track "Bitter Suite" on Misplaced Childhood, which alludes to the 1945 British film of the same title. However, neither "Bitter Suite" nor its subsection "Brief Encounter" are found on this record. Brief Encounter was Marillion's only commercial release not to feature cover art by Mark Wilkinson prior to his and Fish's departure from the band in late 1988.

Although aimed strictly at the American market and not officially released elsewhere, this EP was very much in demand in Europe because Marillion's major breakthrough had just happened the previous year and the band not releasing any new material in 1986, which was their first "gap year" in terms of studio albums. Also, Brief Encounter included two non-album tracks. As a result, the EP was widely available as an import in record shops in the UK and mainland Europe in late 1980s. Brief Encounter was released on vinyl and cassette only, and was not available on CD until 1997, when EMI re-released it worldwide in a two-disc set together with the 1984 live album Real to Reel. At the same time, EMI also released a series of remastered 2-disc editions of Marillion's EMI years studio albums; however, the Real to Reel/Brief Encounter set was not remastered and not officially part of that series.

According to the EP itself, all live tracks were recorded at "Hammersmith Odeon, January 9&10, 1986". However, this information may be inaccurate, as Fish can be heard saying "Goodnight Leicester" at the end of "Fugazi". Instead, "Script" and "Fugazi" were probably recorded during the concert at Leicester De Montfort Hall on 5 March 1984, parts of which also feature on Real to Reel. The live version of "Kayleigh" is identical with the one on The Thieving Magpie.


Track listing


Side 1

  1. "Lady Nina" - 5:45
  2. "Freaks" - 4:05
  3. "Kayleigh" - 3:52

Side 2

  1. "Fugazi" - 8:14
  2. "Script For a Jester's Tear" - 8:20

Credits: 1: Produced by Chris Kimsey for Wonderknob Ltd., 2: Produced by Chris Kimsey for Chris Kimsey Productions Ltd., 3-5: Produced and Engineered by Mark Freegard.) All songs written by Marillion

Times taken from the 1986 vinyl version.



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