Omsk Demos (1983)

first published: 17-05-2004

General Information

After the Work Tour the Nits started on their next album. Robert Jan, who was initially hired as a temporary replacement for Alex stayed on to record the album and in the process became a full member of the Nits. He contributed a couple of songs, but mostly a whole new range of sounds. 

A tape from the Nits archives contains an early configuration of the Omsk album. Almost all the songs are in their final form and sound exactly as on the album. There are some exceptions though: 
1. The songs are in an entirely different order
2. The later b-sides/bonustracks Indoor Painting (Outdoor Sketching) and Man Of Straw are a part of the album, but Clean Shirt In Paris is not present on the tape. It might have been recorded later.
3. Two songs are different from the released versions: Walter And Conny and Nescio. More info can be found below.

These changes make it a slightly different listening experience, but are not better or worse than the released version.

An early mix of Nescio was released on a promo version of the album and is also included here.

Songs

Nescio (5.11)

The first four and a half minutes are the same as the released version, but the difference is in the wild ending. The mix is slighlty different and the fade-out lasts about 11 seconds longer. The mandolin sounds very much to the forefront. The seconds that  missing on the album version are nice, but also not that spectacular. It makes the ending a bit more messy. The last 13 seconds of the song is simply silence.

Nescio - early mix (5.05)

This version appeared on a promotional copy of the Omsk album. It's almost completely the same as the normal album version, except for a different mix. The main difference is that the vocals are slightly different here and there.

Walter And Conny (3.37)

This is the only spectacular difference from the released version. The song known as an instrumental has vocals in this version! The vocals are alternated by Robert Jan, Henk and Michiel, which is unique in the Nits catalogue. The music is the same, but several seconds shorter than the released version. The presence of the lyrics make it a wonderful demo and it is hard to not hear the lyrics in your mind on the released version when you have heard this demo.

Lyrics

(HH: Henk Hofstede, RJS: Robert Jan Stips, MP: Michiel Peters)

HH:    Who is this man in the back all alone in the back of the movies?

RJS:   Stiff nose up, his upper lip looks familiar.
RJS:   The words he speaks and then repeats come from long ago.

MP:    Who is this man in the back all alone in the back of the movies?

RJS:   A light's still on in a Cornwall hotel room.
RJS:   The words he speaks and then repeats come from long ago.

MP:    While Conny's on her second honeymoon,
MP:    Walter falls into another (....?).

RJS:   Nobody knows what has happened to Walter and Conny.

MP:    While Conny's on her second honeymoon,
MP:    Walter falls into another (....?).

RJS:   Who is this man in the back all alone in the back of the movies?