Inspired by english prog rock bands in early
70's like Yes, Genesis etc. the students of Tallinn
Technical University Margus Kliimask (bass), Indrek
Patte (vocals) and Madis Lepasoo (keyboards) decided
to form a group to perform their original musical
In 1979 they wrote the first prog
rock influenced songs - Morpheus’ Garden (Kliimask),
Madame Tussaud's Court (Patte), Another Side (Lepasoo).
The group LINNU
TEE (Milky Way, also Flyway) was formed by Patte,
Kliimask, Lepasoo, one of the best guitar players
in Estonia Toomas Vanem and Jüri Mazurchak
on drums and percussion in 1985 in Tallinn, Estonia.
In 1986 Toomas Vanem, who signed
the deal with jazz rock group Radar, was replaced
by Endel Jõgi (ex - Gunnar Graps Group, Argos).
In May 1986 Linnu Tee recorded its first
songs in studio and played the first gig at the
Tartu Rock Festival, biggest and most important
rock event in Estonia at that time. The group won
the best debut award which was later revoked caused
by conflict with officials of the communist regime
and the band was officially banned for one year.
of Linnu Tee played in different musical projects
and groups - Kliimask and Jõgi in prog group
P3, Lepasoo in Mahavok, Patte in estonian prog giant
Ruja. In 1988 Endel Jõgi (now Endel Rivers)
moved to Australia to start a solo career playing
prog and jazz (his latest CD Hardbite was recorded
with professional studio musicians in 2002).
In Linnu Tee Endel
Jõgi and Margus Kliimask were replaced by
Raul Jaanson (guitars) and Paul Kikerpuu (bass,
ex - Radar).
In 1989 Kliimask rejoined the band. Lepasoo
was replaced by
Ivo Vanem (keyboards) and Mazurchak by Tarvi Jaago
(drums and percussion, ex - P3). Harmo Kallaste
joined as the second keyboard player in April 1989.
The most famous lineup: Patte, Kliimask, Jaanson,
Jaago, Kallaste and Vanem played together at different
festivals and recorded the first album LINNU TEE
(1989 - 1990).
In 1990 video set of seven songs from the
first album was released, directed by Jaanus Nõgisto
(ex - Ruja). The same year listeners of Rock Radio
in Estonia voted Crazy Too Crazy the best hard rock
In 1991 band’s musical direction moved
closer to hard rock. Jaago, Kallaste and Ivo Vanem
quit the band and were replaced by Aivar Oja (guitar,
from r'n'b group Kolumbus Kris, ex - GGG) and Ardo
Põder (drums, from speed metal group Shower).
Linnu Tee recorded new tracks for their second album.
Single In The End Of The Road reached Top 20 of
Estonian radio programs for weeks.
In 1992 Oja left the band to continue with
Kolumbus Kris and Toomas Vanem rejoined Linnu Tee.
In 1993 Kliimask quit and was replaced by Allan
Mägi (bass). Ardo Põder, who continued
with hard rock group House Of Games was replaced
by Raimond Vahter from Nice Try. Linnu Tee started
to perform rock'n' roll covers in the clubs. In
1994 band’s musical activity declined and
there were only a few performances.