October 4, 2011, at 2:04 pm

The 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes #16

Val Bennett – The Russians Are Coming (Bunny Lee production)

The Russians Are Coming started life as the Jazz instrumental hit Take 5 by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, first recorded in 1959. The name change was presumably inspired by the 1966 comedy film The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.

This is perhaps tenor saxophonist Val Bennett’s finest moments and certainly one of the greatest of all rocksteady instrumentals. Definitely one of the occasions where it could be argued that the cover is better than the original.

Originally issued on a Lee’s 7″ in Jamaica and on Island in the UK, The Russians Are Coming is currently available on the Trojan CD; Original Riddims.


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