Lady Nina

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"Lady Nina"
Single by Marillion
from the album Brief Encounter
B-side "Heart Of Lothian"
Released April 1986
Format 7"
Recorded 1985
Genre Progressive rock, neo-progressive rock[1]
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Marillion
Producer(s) Chris Kimsey
Marillion singles chronology
"Heart of Lothian"
"Lady Nina"
"Welcome to the Garden Party" (Germany only)

Lady Nina is a song by British neo-progressive rock band Marillion. First released in 1985 on the B-side to the #2 UK hit single "Kayleigh", it was the only single from the EP Brief Encounter released in the United States by Capitol Records in April 1986, along with a promo video. While the EP climbed to #67 on the Billboard 200 album charts, "Lady Nina" did not make the Billboard Hot 100, but did reach #30 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.[2]

"Lady Nina" is the only Marillion song to use a drum machine throughout. The cover was designed by permanent Marillion collaborator Mark Wilkinson.

The third European single from the Misplaced Childhood album, "Heart of Lothian", featured as the B-side.[3]

The regular 7" single featured an edited version of the title track with a playing time of 03:39; this version was identical to the one found on the b-side of the "Kayleigh" 7" single. No other versions were officially released. However, a 12" promo was sent out to radio stations which featured the extended version (5:45) (originally released on the 12" version of "Kayleigh") on side A and the edited version on side B. The extended version was also the one included on Brief Encounter.[4]

Beginning of "Lady Nina" with the characteristic sound of a drum computer, untypical for the band

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Being a U.S.-only single, "Lady Nina" was not part of the collectors box-set released in July 2000 and was re-issued as a 3 CD set in 2009 (see The Singles '82–'88); however, both tracks of this single are included as they featured on the singles "Kayleigh" and "Heart of Lothian".


Side A[edit]

  1. Lady Nina [edited version] 03:39 (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley)

Side B[edit]

  1. Heart of Lothian (Special edit) 03:48 (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley)