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Hits Original recording remastered, Import, Box set

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  • Audio CD (18 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import, Box set
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004U8XF
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doktor Futtocks VINE VOICE on 24 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
Hey, you! Yeah you, with the Joe Jackson album under your arm. This is a chance to pick up on the best-kept secret in pop music.
What you are looking at is the distilled excellence of the first 15 years of the career of a band with the unlikely name of The Nits. Do your ears prick up at names like XTC, Crowded House, the aforementioned Joe Jackson and others who live in the tiny 'intelligent-but-not-pretentious' niche that still exists in the Music industry? Well cease your internal dialogue and buy this album. You owe it to yourself!
Chronologically it's a slightly skewed collection, so that their biggest hit 'In The Dutch Mountains' is presented first. The songs from the early albums are towards the end of the first disc and are more of an acquired taste as they're quite dated in style. Lyrically, there is a definite continuity; The Nits are not known for lyrical clichés or conventional subject matter.
The 'Hits' package covers their career from their second album 'Tent' up to their second most recent studio album 'Alankomaat'.
As the years go by on Disc 2, the music gains sophistication to match the lyrics. Despite the fact that The Nits come from Holland, the majority of their songs are in English, although a trawl through their records would also find lyrics in Dutch, Finnish, Turkish etc.
As well as extracts from the albums there are a few rarities like 'Wish', which was originally a 1-track single made exclusively for Nits fans and given away for free in 1994.
The third disc, if you are lucky enough to get the limited edition 3-CD album, contains tracks from their live album 'Urk' and shows how a song like 'Adieu, Sweet Bahnhof' evolves with live performance.
Considering the difficulties in buying the individual albums in the UK, this is the best way to experience The Nits at their best, proving that there is still a place for pure, intelligent pop music in the modern world.
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Format: Audio CD
Since I was a kid I remember that music had special influence on me. NITS remind me every time I listen to them, how special their music is.
I discovered NITS from their live album "URK" (this is probably the best live album money can buy). NITS are real artists not another band, their music is an experience that you won't forget as long as you live. Inside the cd you will find all the best NITS songs and a list of the best from URK. This is probably the best cd I have together with CHICANE'S F.F.M.C. (totally different than NITS)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
European pop at its best 6 July 2000
By Eric Facon - Published on
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Greatest Nits 5 April 2003
By Laszlo Regoczi - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The best from the best band from Continental Europe! 5 Oct. 2000
By Frans van der Mark - Published on
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.
By Doktor Futtocks - Published on
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great stuff. 4 May 2002
By michael safft - Published on
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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