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  • Audio CD (July 18, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sbme Import
  • ASIN: B00004U8XF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In The Dutch Mountains
2. J.O.S Days
3. Panorama Man
4. Home Before Dark
5. Bike In Head
6. Adieu, Sweet Bahnhof
7. Mask
8. Vah Hollanda Seni Seni
9. Woman Cactus
10. Sketches Of Spain
11. Bild Am Sonntag (As Usual)
12. Memories Are New Iii
13. Nescio
14. Vermillion Pencil
15. A Touch Of Henry Moore
16. Red Tape
17. Slip Of The Tongue
18. Holiday On Ice
19. Tutti Ragazzi
20. Tent
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3 CD Set. First 2CD's Include All The Great Hits From This Dutch Band In Original Remastered Single Versions, A Total Of 44 Tracks. The Third CD Includes The Live Album 'Urk' With 11 Tracks.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Facon on July 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If this Dutch band has failed to make an impact in America and England, it is most certainly not due their music. Over the course of 25 years, 17 CD's and innumerable concerts, this quartet has explored pop music with a distinctly continental European atmosphere and has constantly reinvented itself, sometimes even from CD to CD. Until 1996, the band evolved around the twin talents of keyboarder-wizard Robert Jan Stips, who can play circles around most everybody in this business, and singer/songwriter/guitarist/mastermind Henk Hofstede. Stips then left the band but the Nits moved on and continued developing as usual. Hoftsede's singing at times recalls Lennon and Cohen. His melodic, intelligent and melancholy, literate but never elitist songs take in very diverse subjects such as art ("A touch of Henry Moore"), bike riding in Amsterdam ("Bike in head") and childhood memories ("In the dutch mountains") and are quirky but always accessible. If you have a soft spot for XTC, Costello, Joe Jackson, Squeeze, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake and - of course - the Beatles, you should give these guys a try. At their best - and much of it is on this double-CD -the Nits - even though they continue a certain tradition of melodic pop songs - sound just like nobody else. In fact, they will give you a perfect soundtrack for long fall and winter eveneings and nights. "Nits Hits" does a fairly good, but also pretty obvious job of collecting the hits ("Dutch mountains", "J.O.S. days", "The train", "Nescio"); more attention to the album tracks and maybe chronological sequencing could have helped understanding the idiosyncratic path of this band. I'll give it five stars nevertheless because of the quality of the songs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Regoczi on April 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
They have many albums and many faces. Since 1974 they changed a lot. I can not tell they changed in a good way or bad way, whatever they did, do, will do is great. You can not put them in a box, `ok, they play this and this kind of music` and store them on a shelf with a tag of the genre. Every single album is a gem from the Nits and they are all different from each other. Every time you get a new work of Nits you`re surely gonna be surprised of what they have done. They have all kind of stuff. It`s been almost 30 years they started. The singer/songwriter/lyricist Henk Hofstede is a genius, the drummer Rob Kloet is brilliant (not an every-corner-has-the-same-pop-drummer type of musician). They always have excellent members in the band.
This album is a sample of their work but they cannot do a `Greatest Hits` as one piece together. It`s great that`s for sure but you need to listen to their entire work. The best band has ever been on this planet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frans van der Mark on October 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've been a big fan of this band since 1987 (their hit "In the Dutch mountains"). Their music touched me because the lyrics and music are simply wunderful. Subjects of their songs are of such variety, that it is a pleasure to hear them. The last 11 songs on the CD are live songs taken from their 1989 hit album "Urk", as far as I am concerned the best they ever did. These songs were made with love.
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Format: Audio CD
Since switching on my TV late one night and hearing this idiosyncratic band playing at the Rosskilde Festival, I've been searching for anything by them on disc (not easy in England). Not being a fan of mail order, this has been my first Internet purchase, and I don't regret it one bit. Despite the non-chronological order of this compilation, it is a great collection of songs that, once heard, seem to be instantly familiar. Lyrically, they can be profound, romantic, baffling and whimsical, often in the same song! The live selection from the album 'Urk' shows that even a great song can be reinvented in concert to reveal to the listener something that they hadn't heard before. 55 tracks with nary a weak point is something that very few artists can boast. If you're wondering whether you would like this band, cease your internal dialogue now! I discovered them purely by accident and I've had their songs spinning round my head for years now.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By m safft on May 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ok,I do not own this cd but I do have 5 studio cds + the
live disc which are represented about 80% of this package.
I guess i rate the band 5* but this cd 4* only due to me not knowing about 20% of the material here.Nits makes 50% slightly strange tunes and 50% beautiful popsongs,which is a great combination,because things never get boring.Did have a chance to see these guys in Toronto,and they were super tight.Please
come back.
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