From Unearthing The Music

Cover of the "Suuk 1976" album. Sourced from Discogs

Suuk was an Estonian rock band founded in 1968, originally under the name Müstikud. [1]

From the beginning of 1969, the band often performed at the Tartu Culture Hall, playing music by Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull and arrangements of classical music at concerts (by composers like Edvard Grieg and Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis), as well as their own compositions. The band's keyboard player, Jaan Rässa was recognized as the best organ player in an instrumental band competition organized by the Estonian Television in 1973. Later on, the band changed its name at the request of the management of the culture hall, as the use of their previous name was prohibited. The new name was derived from the fact that the ensemble had six members - Suuk is upside down for six in Estonian. [1] They recorded a single (self-titled) album in 1976. The band ceased its activity in 1979.


Main line-up (August 1972 - end of 1977)[1]:

  • Jaan Rässa - keyboards;
  • Urmas Anderson - bass guitar, solo guitar;
  • Hain Salujärv - bass, acoustic guitar;
  • Madis Wax - percussion instruments;
  • Tiit Kööbi - soloist of the ensemble, acoustic and rhythm guitar, tambourine;
  • Margus Anderson - flute, saxophone, harmonica;
  • Aleksander Müller - guest soloist

Other members:

  • Lembit Priks - other percussion instruments
  • Indrek Luberg - sound
  • Eerik Rebane - sound

In May 1974, Silvi Vrait joined the band (later leaving in 1975). From the autumn of 1974 to March 1976, Jaan Rässa and Hain Salujärv were absent, replaced by Arvo Lepik (keyboards), Toivo Lepik (bass guitar), Toomas Taul and Rein Soontak. At the 1976 youth music festival in Viljandi, the band's guest soloists were Anne Maasik and Aleksander Müller from Vanemuine. In the spring of 1977, Eve Vares and Seidi Kudu joined the band and took part in summer tours. The second soloist was Fyodor Tint. [1]


  • "Suuk 1976" (CD, 2000)


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