Peter Schneider & The Stimulators - St. James Infirmary (J. Primrose)
From the album "Voodoo Swing"
Label: United Sounds (CPS 5019)
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It was in 1998 that the former Ike Turner sideman, Peter Schneider, started The Stimulators. Since their inception, they have been wowing audiences all over Europe with their infectious mix of Caribbean and African styles grafted onto a solid jazz and blues-based foundation. The Stimulators have received rave reviews, not only from the major dailies but also from magazines such as Rolling Stone and Playboy. Their fame has even spread to Manhattan, which led to an invitation to support James Brown on a number of dates on two recent European tours.
But The Stimulators are not only an unusual live act. Their first four albums have garnered praise not only for the fine songwriting featured next to The Stimulators' versions of other people's well-known material but also for their fine production values. This has entailed the inclusion of various Stimulators tracks on compilations offered by various high-end audio equipment manufacturers.
The Stimulators' first album, 'Voodoo Swing', which was recorded part live, part in the studio, features a cross-section of the band's musical tastes at the time and covers tracks by jazzers Joe Primrose, Lou Donaldson, Eddie Harris and Kenny Burrell, R&B tunesmiths Memphis Slim and Bo Diddley, ska legends The Slickers and Toots & The Maytals, and Cuban classic 'Guantanamera'.
This track is a great live recording with a nice ambience. It is quite obvious that there are skilled musicians at work here. The not always "in key" and brutally raw vocal gives the track an authenticity not often heard.