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11 Sep 2016

Jimmy Castor Bunch “It’s Just Begun” 1972 US Soul Funk








Jimmy Castor Bunch  “It’s Just Begun” 1972 US Soul Funk
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This 1972 outing set the tone for the Jimmy Castor Bunch’s 1970s success through an effective and distinctive mix of funk, pop hooks, social commentary, and gonzo comedy. It’s Just Begun also helped the group score a million-selling crossover hit single with “Troglodyte.” This memorably whacked-out funk jam is built on an infectious fuzz-guitar hook and features Castor detailing the romantic adventures of a caveman who meets up with Bertha Butt, a comic character that would continue to appear on his albums for many years to come. The album also included a b-boy favorite in its title track, a salsa-inflected funk excursion whose breakbeats continued to be spun by DJs well into the 1980s. Beyond these favorites, the group knocks out a relentless stream of thick, funky grooves as Jimmy Castor tackles everything from morality (“You Better Be Good (Or the Devil Gon’ Getcha)”) to philosophy (“L.T.D.,” which stands for life, truth, and death). To add variety, Castor also throws in “My Brightest Day,” a sweet, horn-accented ballad, and “I Promise to Remember,” an updated slice of doo wop that Castor originally penned for Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. The album’s all-things-to-all-people sense of ambition occasionally overwhelms the final product: for instance, “Creation,” the dissonant orchestral instrumental that bookends the album, doesn’t really have any reason to be there. Despite these quibbles, It’s Just Begun is an important and influential release from a sadly underrated group and well worth a listen for anyone interested in the roots of 1970s funk…..by allmusic…. 

Wickedly fuzzy funk! Jimmy Castor recorded in a lot of different styles during the 70s, but the one he used on this album is still his best! The record’s a non-stop guitar-heavy batch of classic funk tracks and it features the storming break track “It’s Just Begun“, the funky goofy “Troglodyte“, and plenty other nice moments like “Bad“, “LTD“, “I Promise To Remember“, and “Psychee“. Fuzzy guitar meets heavy drums meets some of the most insane lyrics ever on a mainstream funk album! One of our most requested records and for good reason! If you’ve ever bought a lousy Jimmy Castor album throw it away, and buy this one!….. 

On several versions from the track “Man With the Movie Camera” / “Work It” you can hear samples chosen by PC: a vocal sample “gun…” and some sampled drum sounds. James Walter “Jimmy” Castor (January 23, 1940 – January 16, 2012) was an American pop and funk musician. He is best known as a fun disco/funk saxophonist, with his biggest hit single being 1972’s million seller, “Troglodyte (Cave Man)”. 

Both are taken from this track by The Jimmy Castor Bunch. On a repress of the “Every Day” album (zen CD59B) this sample has been deleted. The sample was still used at live concerts. About this, J. Swinscoe told in 2013 at the Red Bull Music Academy: “Some samples got through the net, but then there was a show we did – it was probably about five or six years ago in New York. A journalist from the New York Times came down and was just sample-spotting throughout the show. His review was going, “Oh, this one’s from Jimmy Castor …” Basically, that newspaper went onto the desk of some publishing house in New York and they were just like, “Oh, look at that. We’re going to just slam this band for it.” Because of that journalist, we got slammed for a Jimmy Castor sample and they pushed it really hard. Everything had to get cleared, because what goes around comes around really.” … 

Tracks 
A1 Creation (Prologue) 1:24 
A2 It’s Just Begun 3:43 
A3 Troglodyte (Cave Man) 3:36 
A4 You Better Be Good (Or the Devil Gon’ Getcha) 2:56 
A5 Psyche 4:25 
B1 L. T. D. (Life, Truth & Death) 7:20 
B2 My Brightest Day 4:03 
B3 Bad 3:34 
B4 I Promise to Remember 2:47 
B5 Creation (Epilogue) 1:02  

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