The Jimmy Castor Bunch ‎– It's Just Begun

RCA Victor ‎– LSP-4640
Vinyl, LP, Album, Rockaway Pressing, Dynaflex

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Creation (Prologue)
Written-By – Thomas*
A2 It's Just Begun
Written-By – Thomas*, Castor*, Pruitt*
A3 Troglodyte (Cave Man)
Written-By – Castor Bunch*
A4 You Better Be Good (Or The Devil Gon' Getcha)
Written-By – Thomas*, Castor*, Pruitt*
A5 Psyche
Written-By – Castor Bunch*
B1 L. T. D. (Life, Truth & Death)
Written-By – Knight*, Thomas*
B2 My Brightest Day
Written-By – Thomas*, Castor*, Pruitt*
B3 Bad
Written-By – Gibson*, Thomas*, Castor*, Pruitt*
B4 I Promise To Remember
Written-By – Castor*, Smith*
B5 Creation (Epilogue)
Written-By – Thomas*

Companies, etc.



RCA, Rockaway pressing denoted by "R" in runouts.

© 1972, RCA Records, New York, N.Y.
Printed in U.S.A.

Liner notes:
Al Roberts
New York

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): APRS-5769
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): APRS-5770
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etched (Var. 1)): APRS-5769-4S-A1 M R
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etched (Var. 1)): APRS-5770-5S-A4T R
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etched (Var. 2)): APRS-5769-4S-C1I R
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etched (Var. 2)): APRS-5770-5S-A1M R
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etched (Var. 3)): APRS-5769-1S-C1 I R
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etched (Var. 3)): APRS-5770-5S-A1M R
  • Rights Society (Public performance clearance): BMI

Other Versions (5 of 19) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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, Unofficial) RCA Victor (2) LSP-4640 US 2010 Sell This Version
LSP-4640 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(LP, Album) RCA Victor LSP-4640 Canada 1972 Sell This Version
CRCD-3598 The Jimmy Castor Bunch It's Just Begun(CD, Album, RE) Clinck Records, Cherry Red CRCD-3598 Japan 2014 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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July 5, 2017
I know Dynaflex releases have a reputation for being crap but I have to say I have no problems with this pressing.

The horns & guitars sing, the bass is incredible, and the vocals sound clear.

Musically this is a classic funk record (just check the number of times it’s been sampled) that should be in your collection if you are a fan of the genre.


June 16, 2017
One of the true dance floor bangers of funk !!!
Big on the London Rare Groove scene in the 80's !!!
Max Respect to the man Jimmy Castor and the band !!!
This is where it all ' Just Begun '. True innovation !!!


June 6, 2014
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