The Jimmy Castor Bunch ‎– It's Just Begun

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Creation (Prologue) 1:24
It's Just Begun 3:43
Troglodyte (Cave Man) 3:26
You Better Be Good (Or The Devil Gon' Getcha) 2:56
Psyche 4:25
L. T. D. (Life, Truth & Death) 7:20
My Brightest Day 4:03
Bad 3:34
I Promise To Remember 2:47
Creation (Epilogue) 1:02

Versions (18)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album, Roc) RCA Victor LSP-4640 US 1972 Sell This Version
P8S-1888 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(8-Trk, Album) RCA Victor P8S-1888 US 1972 Sell This Version
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album) RCA Victor LSP-4640 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
LSP 4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album) RCA Victor LSP 4640 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album) RCA Victor LSP-4640 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
104.4021 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album) RCA Victor 104.4021 Brazil 1972 Sell This Version
LSP 4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album) RCA Victor LSP 4640 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album, Dyn) RCA Victor LSP-4640 US 1972 Sell This Version
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album, Dyn) RCA Victor LSP-4640 US 1972 Sell This Version
RCA-6039 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album, RE) RCA RCA-6039 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album, RE) RCA Victor LSP-4640 US 1999 Sell This Version
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album, RE) RCA Victor LSP-4640 US 2009 Sell This Version
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album, Unofficial) RCA Victor (2) LSP-4640 US 2010 Sell This Version
CRCD-3598 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(CD, Album, RE) Clink Records CRCD-3598 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
LSP 4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun (Acaba De Empezar)(LP, Album) RCA Victor LSP 4640 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) RCA Victor LSP-4640 US Unknown Sell This Version
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album, RE, 180) RCA Victor LSP-4640 US Unknown Sell This Version
CASTOR 1111 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label CASTOR 1111 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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Babaluma1

Babaluma1

June 6, 2014
referencing It's Just Begun, LP, Album, Roc, LSP-4640
Just got this on vinyl and it's a belter! I had know the track It's Just Begun for years through it's extensive sampling by other artists (Whosampled lists 86 samples of it with my particular fav being by Ultramagnetic MCs) but I was actually reminded of it through a TV advert and had to get it on vinyl for it's great cover art. I found it on a recent trip to New York and snapped it up. The album has a convoluted explanation of the complex painting on the cover which is the first cool thing about it.

Jimmy Castor was know for a mix of deep social messages and light comedy funk, a side which took over after the success of the track Troglodyte (Cave Man). However this LP is more focused on dark political songs with Troglodyte (Cave Man) standing out as a moment of light. This track is actually still quite funny as it is so joyous with such a mammoth (forgive the pun) groove.

The album starts with a string overture before kicking off with the unmistakable horn riff of It's Just Begun. Castor has a pretty unique sound, as funky as James Brown but with an unmistakable rock and roll attitude. Most of the tracks have lashings of Harry Jensen's Hendrix inspired acid fuzz guitar. Combined with a bass heavy mix this really rocks, almost like early Funkadelic.

Castor balances the darkness of You Better Be Good (Or The Devil Gon' Getcha) with some more traditional doo wop on I Promise To Remember and the whole thing hangs together well as an album, something relatively rare for funk acts who tended to be more single orientated. He follows after Kool & The Gang and James Brown by thriftily reusing several bass grooves throughout the album but as they are so infectious and the songs varied it works fine and helps tie it together.

A really slept on album in my opinion, not as far as sampling or hardcore funk fans but this should really be in the list of best ever funk and soul LPs than it is. It may not be as smooth as Super Fly or as deep as What's Going On but as a pure funk experience it is brilliant.

mainingrey @ london school of sound