NITS, the
In the Dutch Mountains

  2 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm     numbered limited 

originally released in 1987-2017 LIMITED 2LP pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL- recorded live to two track in a gym just outside of Amsterdam Their 1987 LP, contains several hits but the song that brought the band to the attention of an internation...

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Release date 20-10-2017 (originally released in 1987)

2017 remastered NUMBERED LIMITED pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL- recorded live to two track in a gym just outside of Amsterdam Their 1987 LP, contains several hits but the song that brought the band to the attention of an international audience was titletrack In the Dutch Mountains. This Dutch Vinyl Master LP deserves the audiophile treatment so we present the 180 grams remastered 2LP with 3 bonustracks that werent on the original LP and a beautiful etching on the side D. presented in sealed & stickered picture sleeve.

Tracks
A1 The Dutch Mountains 
A2  JOS Days
A3  Two Skaters
A4  Pelican & Penguin 
A5  In A Play 
A6  OomPahPah Men 

B1  The Panorama Man
B2  Mountain Jan 
B3  One Eye Open
B4  An Eating House 
B5  The Swimmer 
B6  Good Night 

C1  Strangers Of The Night 427
C2  The Magic Of Lassie137
C3  Moon And Stars 431

D ETCHING

The Nits are a Dutch artpoprock group founded in 1974 in Amsterdam Their musical style has varied over the years as has their lineup but the core members are lead singer and lyricist Henk Hofstede Robert Jan Stips on keyboards worked with Supersister Gruppo Sportivo The Golden Earring and Rob Kloet on drums

There seems little doubt that if they werent so geographically challenged The Nits would be on par with bands like XTC and Prebaf Sprout Few bands can match their stamina how many other bands can claim to be reinventing themselves after 30 years and 20 albums Yet the Nits are from Holland and furthermore the occasional tour of the US and Canada aside they quickly made it clear that their only concession to the big outside world would be to sing in English Also the Nits specialize in making their latest album sound as little like the last as possible This has simultaneously guaranteed them a modest yet stable degree of success across continental Europe where fans appreciate their integrity and commitment to playing intimate venues

 After the synthesized hijinks and tomfoolery that blighted much of Henk, the Nits -- once again a four-piece with the addition of bassist Joke Geraets -- opted for a return to simplicity with In the Dutch Mountains. The result was an album that probably did more to seduce listeners far beyond their homeland than any other, not least because it was the first to secure a release in the U.S. and the U.K. Yet although it was recorded live in the studio direct to two-track tape, this is no mere exercise in bash-it-out, one-take boogie. It's a warmly atmospheric set that contains some of the Nits' most fully realized work to date. Many of the songs are inspired by childhood memories, including the title track with its reference to the young Henk Hofstede's assumption that there must be mountains beyond the borders of his home town of Amsterdam. A massive hit across continental Europe, "In the Dutch Mountains" still generates a storm of applause at Nits concerts. Another live mainstay is "J.O.S. Days," an atypically rustic song about Hofstede's failure to make his local football team, featuring sampled acoustic guitar and (real) harmonica. This contrasts sharply with the dreamy "Two Skaters," at around seven minutes one of the longest songs in the Nits' repertoire and as close as they've ever gotten to an exercise in pure atmospherics. Other highlights include "The Swimmer" (yet another in a long line of film references), with frenzied accelerating piano assaults framing a delicate melody; the faintly berserk "An Eating House"; and the gorgeous lullaby "Good Night," with Hofstede's tender vocals cushioned by a remarkably convincing brass band sample. On the vinyl edition, this made for a wonderful coda to the album, but for the CD release three bonus tracks -- none of them quite in keeping with the rest -- were tacked onto the end. Nevertheless, In the Dutch Mountains marked the beginning of a richly creative five-year period that the Nits have yet to top.

Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Extra info: numbered limited
Label: Music on vinyl
Originally released: 1987
This release: 2017
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