ultima1.jpg Ultima Thule: Ultima Thule
Melodiya C60 27763 009
Recorded in 1988 (studio location unknown). Released in 1988.
Recording Engineer: Elmu Värk; Producer: Mart Maripuu.
This recording by the group Ultima Thule reunites Erkki-Sven Tüür with his colleague Riho Sibul from the first In Spe group. Ultima Thule synthesized an aggressive hard rock sound based on rhythm and blues roots. The lyrics for the songs came from some of the best poets/lyricists in Estonia, such as Peep Ilmet, Ott Arder and Villu Kangur. Fortuitously, the birth of the group coincided with the beginnings of the "Perestroika" and "Glasnot" era of the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachov. These circumstances permitted a greater freedom of political expression which was frequently to be heard in the titles and contents of the songs. Rock groups such as Ultima Thule and the 2nd incarnation of In Spe (led by Alo Mattiisen after Erkki-Sven Tüür's departure) were instrumental in creating the circumstances that led to Estonia's "Singing Revolution" and its eventual peaceful separation from the former Soviet Union. Rock concerts and music festivals of the period became de facto political rallies. In contrast to its fierce hard rock compositions, Ultima Thule would occasionally display a softer, reflective side as is the case with the "Laulev Jõgi" (Singing River) track with Erkki-Sven Tüür's arrangement for string quartet.
String arrangement by Erkki-Sven Tüür
Track 8. Laulev Jõgi (music: Riho Sibul; lyrics: Ott Arder) 5:40
String Quartet: Ülo Kaadu (1st violin), Toomas Bubert (2nd violin), Andrus Järvi (viola), Andres Narma (cello).
Members of "Ultima Thule" at the time of this recording
Riho Sibul (vocals, guitar),
Tõnis Mägi (vocals),
Vjatseslav Kobrin (guitar),
Raul Vaigla (bass guitar),
Aare Põder (keyboards),
Jaak Ahelik (drums)
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