Once again, I'll preface this post by saying if you like what you hear from Little Barrie, I suggest you buy their entire catalog and (definitely) go to a live gig if you have a chance. Their most recent release (King Of The Waves) is one of the great LP's of recent years, hands down!
We left off around the mid-'00's, and in 2005, Little Barrie's excellent debut full length (We Are Little Barrie) was released, containing a few tracks that had previously been released on 7" and a whole lot more. "Free Salute" was the single drawn from the LP, and the b-side is a SMOKING hot BBC version of "Didn't Mean A Thing", which itself was previously issued on the 'Memories Well" 45. This live version finds the band in top form. Just dig the tone, fire and taste of Barrie's guitar playing; it's the type of thing that seperates true talent from reheated, unispired blues licks.
One of the most definitive jams from Little Barrie is "Love You", a standout track from their second album (2007's Stand Your Ground). As great as the studio track is, the band takes it to a whole other galaxy during live perormance, as the groove, lyrics, and (once again) Barrie's massive guitar playing are the type of thing that's as essential as oxygen.Thankfully, this single was cut to wax, as the album was not (maybe someday we'll get a double vinyl issue of the first two Little Barrie albums...Now THAT would be a great thing.
As I mentioned previously, Little Barrie's 2011 LP release King Of The Waves is one of the best albums of recent years. The band is locked in to a (hopefully permanent) lineup of Barrie, Lewis Wharton (bass), and the 2008 addition of the amazing Virgil Howe (son of Yes' Steve Howe) on drums. Not only was King the first barrie LP to come out on vinyl (in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve) but also two really nice 45's were released from the album. While they are the same versions as the LP, they sound GREAT, are pressed on super thick wax and showcase some of the best tunes from the album, of which 'Precious Pressure" is probably my favorite, with its nice tip of the hat to The Parliaments' 1967 hit "(I Wanna) Testify".
"Burned Out" was an early (2002) single that made its way onto the Little Barrie debut LP, and DAMN is that track funky! DJ Nu Mark remixed it, and it takes the track into new terrain in the way that only an exceptional remix can (and adds a downright funny drum break section as well). Genuine Records released a cool white label promo 7" of the remix.