The Nits on CD
Published 1979, 18 tracks, total running time 46:11,
The earliest on CD available album features guitar and synth-based
music, the themes of the songs range over a variety of subjects, not
only the usual "Boy-meets-girl"-stories.
Published 1980, 14 tracks, total running time 40:44,
Still lots of guitars, but the first keyboards sneak in.
Published 1981, 15 tracks, total running time 41:39,
The last album with Alex Roelofs features different styles and shows
the great flexibility of the band.
Published 1983, 15 tracks, total running time 53:26,
After the arrival of R.J. Stips in the band, the music got even better. This
album features classics such as A Touch of Henry Moore and
Published 1983/1986, 18 tracks, total running time 63:31,
A double feature, two albums on one CD. Henk is said to be
available as a seperate album.
Published 1984, 13 tracks, total running time 49:31,
The last CD with Michiel Peters features memorable tunes such as Mask and the
The Japanese version of the vinyl LP was also release on CD, CDCBS
25985. Made in Japan, but at the time of the release also available
in Holland. The booklet is slightly different than the later European
Published 1987, 15 tracks, total running time 57:04,
The title track of this album was the biggest hit so far. On this CD are
more famous tunes, including J.O.S. Days and
An Eating House. The order of the songs is different to the LP/MC
Published 1988, 6 tracks, total running time 23:47,
A short CD with rather slow and quiet tunes.
Published 1989, 29 tracks, total running time 62:27 resp 58:55,
A double live CD, including 29 songs and over two hours of music. The
Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet joins the Nits on a special version of
There is also a Deluxe edition of Urk with a 112 page book, it has
the catalog number CBS 465843-9.
Urk has been rereleased in 2006 as two CD/one DVD digipack. The CDs feature the
same tracks and mix as before, for the DVD see the video
Published 1990, 14 tracks, total running time 52:53,
Lots of excellent songs and beautiful artwork in the CD booklet mark this
Published 1990, 14 tracks, total running time 57:39,
The Nits and the Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jan Strulen present
this peace of music, mostly composed by R.J. Stips. It is a mixture of Nits
songs and classical music, the latter Gershwin style. It was broadcast on
Dutch TV. Perfomed only three times, twice in Amsterdam and once in
Published 1992, 15 tracks, total running time 50:19,
This CD is dominated by mellow tunes and the almost exclusive use of pianos.
There exists a Limited Edition with the booklet printed on transparent paper.
It should be easy to find, its catalog number is CBS 472213-9.
Published 1994, 13 tracks, total running time 55:39,
COL 475999-2, Mini Disc: COL 475999.10
After the rather classical two albums, this one is back on the Nits track,
where fast and slow tunes alternate. On this CD is a song sung by R.J. Stips
and a hidden bonus track.
It has been published in the US (Tristar WK 67209) and Japan
(ECSA 6042). These two have different covers compared to the
Dutch release. Released in the UK as 5-track promo CD in digi pack,
COL XPCD 447.
Published 1995, 14 tracks, total running time 74:56,
Early in 1995, the Nits got together with Dutch stand-up comedian Freek de
Jonge and formed a project called FRITS. The live show and CD consist of
Freek doing his usual show, musically acompanied by the Nits. He did one
Nits song, In the Dutch Mountains translated to Dankzij
de Dijken (Thanks to the Dykes). They did some live performances in
Amsterdam and Belgium, one was broadcast on Dutch television, another
one is available on video.
The CD is entirely in Dutch, it has not been published outside of
Benelux countries. There are translations for some songs on the language page.
Published 1995, 20 tracks, total running time 75:11,
A compilation of their 18 best-known songs plus 2 brand-new tracks.
It is available as a digipack edition with paper cover and a magnifying
glass (Catalog number -9) and as part of the Nest box. There
is a special version released in France, which features Broken Wing
and Adieu Sweet Bahnhof with French lyrics song by singer
Kent. (Catalog number -5). An edition with the Bike in Head remix
4 track CD single was available.
Published 1995, 20 tracks, total running time 71:00,
Unique (Nits)torical songs from the Nits archives.
Only sold as part of the limited Nest-Box (no longer available).
Published 1998, 13 tracks, total running time 54:24,
The catalog number references the digipack edition. The usual jewel box
probably ends with -2.
Published 2000, 55 tracks, total running time 77:52, 77:16 and 46:27 respectively.
This is the last Nits CD from Sony, a compilation of single versions plus a
CD with Urk tracks.
Published 2000, 12 tracks, total running time 47:44,
Like Alankomaat, Wool comes in a digipack with beautiful artwork.
This CD features mostly slow songs with a melancholic but jazzy
Published 2001, 28 tracks, total running time ??:??,
Appeared on the disky label in the Netherlands. It is unknown
if this is an official release. There are no tracks on this double CD that
do not appear on a Nits album.
Published 2003, 12 tracks, total running time 46:31,
This album features 12 new songs and comes with a bonus DVD with 6 songs
from 1982 to 2000. It was released in Scandinavia by Rockadillo and in
Germany, Switzerland and Austria by Sony Music.
Published 2005, 11 tracks, total running time 44:48.
Somber music with controlled atmosphere.
Published 2008, 15 tracks, total running time 44:16.
This album features more uptempo songs and a poppy style of music.
Published 2009, 12 tracks, total running time ??:??.
To be published 2009.
Jochen A. Stein, jst at nitsfans dot org
Last modified: 29-09-2009