VariousGroove Of ESSR: Funk, Disco, Jazz From Soviet Estonia

Label:Funk Embassy Records – FER-003
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Remastered
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Disco, Jazz-Funk


A1Collage (8)Mets Neidude Vahel3:35
A2Marju KuutÜksi, Kuid Vabana3:15
A3Tiiu VarikNäed Vaid Oma Silmi3:15
A4Tõnis Mägi & Music Seif*Sa Haara Kinni Mu Käest3:31
A5Els HimmaKesköö2:46
A6Valter OjakäärRasked Veosed4:02
B1Uno NaissooMarss-Ekspromt2:49
B2Gunnar Graps & Magnetic BandLeidmine3:19
B3Eesti TV & Raadio Estraadiorkester*Kesköösamba (Instrumental)4:10
B4Tarmo & Toomas Urb* feat. VanemõdeVälgud Peeglis (Short Version)5:00
B5Eesti Raadio EstraadiorkesterMälestuste Teel (Instrumental)5:41

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Purple-blue labels with gray/silver text, inner sleeve is made of thick paper

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4744949010039
  • Matrix / Runout: FER-003

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Groove Of ESSR: Funk, Disco, Jazz From Soviet Estonia 1974-1988 (CD, Compilation)Funk Embassy RecordsFER-003CDEstonia2019
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Groove Of ESSR: Funk, Disco, Jazz From Soviet Estonia (LP, Compilation, Remastered, Repress)Funk Embassy RecordsFER-003Estonia2019
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Groove Of ESSR: Funk, Disco, Jazz From Soviet Estonia (11×File, FLAC, MP3, Compilation)Funk Embassy RecordsFER-003Estonia2019
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Groove Of ESSR: Funk, Disco, Jazz From Soviet Estonia (LP, Compilation, Remastered, Repress)Funk Embassy RecordsFER-003RPEstonia2021



  • georgi.iv's avatar
    First got the second volume from a local shop then I just had to get the first one too, Estonians sure can funk!
    • braimy's avatar
      All you need to is straight fire. The grooves are rich. The vocals are melodic. The instrumentals are funky. The whole album is just incredible.
      • reversechronicles's avatar
        I didn't quite get it for the first 2 times, but then it grew on me. Side A is an earworm - you just want to listen to it over and over again. Pretty happy having this compilation in my collection.
        • samhouser's avatar
          Track 4 beginning synth is taken from Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut”. Change my opinion.
          • Jonny-Too-Bad's avatar
            This is such a rich, intriguing compilation. Seriously good selection of tunes bridging a few genres but all with an unmistakable groove and infectious sound. Real grower too. I can't stop listening...
            • nussimuss's avatar
              Before you kind listener is a compilation of funk, soul, disco and jazz from the 1970-80s Soviet Estonia era. Unearthed from the Estonian Radio archive, the 11-track LP serves as an example of the groovier side of the Iron Curtain. Funk-soul influences from West made it to Soviet Variety musicians on one hand; to rock, jazz, folk and fusion artists on the other.

              The selection ranges from folk-funk, psychedelic soul, dancefloor certified disco, Isaac Hayes reminiscent blues-funk, contemplative jazz-funk, Piero Umiliani-esque library music, funk-rock, in-your-face b-boy break to a flute-led master piece by Uno Naissoo – one of the founders of the Estonian jazz scene who organized the notorious Tallinn Jazz Festivals (1949-1967).

              Some of the tracks were unreleased - instrumental versions by the Estonian TV and Radio Variety Orchestra "Kesköösamba" (1977); and "Mälestuste Teel" (1974, trnl. “On The Road of Memories”) carried by a sentiment that predicts composer Raivo Tammik’s escape to Germany a year later; a cover of Carita Holmström, "Näed vaid oma silmi" with the former Soviet child star Tiiu Varik belting her unique-timbred guts out. Other tracks are local classics, and some have seen the light of day before, be it cassettes, compilation CDs or repressed vinyls.

              Inspired by the resurgence of the spirit of Funk around the globe, the compilers have taken the intention to give a taste of Estonian music in the bygone Soviet era during which the government attempted to control the artists and music being made. Nevertheless, a lot of Western influences made it through, as Estonia was the westernmost country in the USSR. By all means, the selection isn't all-encompassing. It's just resonating with represses coming from all over the world that exhibit music with an exotically local touch.

              The compilation released on vinyl, CD and digitally will be the first of its kind for the Estonian bred imprint Funk Embassy Records which focuses on releasing both archival findings as well as contemporary funk, soul, disco music. Since 2016 a. Estonian Funk Embassy has been active as a radio show, concert promoter, DJ-party, booking and management agency and now as a record label.


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