THE JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH
It's Just Begun (1972)
Creation (Prologue)* [Thomas] 1:24
It's Just Begun** [Castor-Pruitt-Thomas] 3:43
Troglodyte (Cave Man)*** [Castor Bunch] 3:36
You Better Be Good (Or the Devil Gon' Getcha)* [Castor-Pruitt-Thomas] 2:56
Psyche*** [Castor Bunch] 4:25
L.T.D. (Life, Truth & Deathe)* [Thomas-Knight] 7:20
My Brightest Day* [Castor-Pruitt-Thomas] 4:03
Bad** [Castor-Pruitt-Thomas-Gibson] 3:34
I Promise to Remember** [Castor-Smith] 2:47
Creation (Epilogue)* [Thomas] 1:02
The members of The Jimmy Castor Bunch are as follows:
Gerry Thomas: trumpet, piano
Doug Gibson: bass
Harry Jensen: guitar
Lenny Fridie, Jr.: conga drums
Jimmy Castor: sax, timbales, vocals
All vocals by Jimmy Castor.
On Bad and L.T.D., Jimmy is assisted by Doug Gibson.
Produced by Castor-Pruitt Productions
Recording Engineer: Jim Cotty
Special Thanks to Danny Lewittes
Designer: Frank Mulver
Art Director: Acy Lehman
*Arranged by G. Thomas
**Arranged by J. Castor and G. Thomas
***Arranged by The Jimmy Castor Bunch
LSP-4640 RCA Victor
Side 1 (APRS-5769-4S H)
Side 2 (APRS-5770-3S H)
©1972, RCA Records, New York, NY.
Printed in U.S.A
Public performance clearance - BMI
THE JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH put it all together. JIMMY CASTOR triumphs!
From Prologue to Epilogue the power of soul expands the listening horizon
to all. 'It's just Begun' captures the "now," explores the futur and
revisits the past. the music explodes - vibrates. It is "NOW." The BUNCH
will not let you escape. You journey to a state of total exhilaration and
exhaustion - using the supplied energy of a volatile CASTOR experience.
THE JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH sound did not start here. for him, it began erly
during his association with Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers as the kids on
the block. They hit over a million hearts with 'I Promise to Remember'
(side two; cut two) where reflecting, JIMMY tells it like it is...
striaghtforward, to the point, in right-down-front language!
The foundation supporting the musical control that is constructed by THE
JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH comes from their leader. CASTOR concentrated on music
theory and arrangement at a school in the neighborhood where musically
gifted youngsters from all over the city of New York came to study. Ever
since he began, JIMMY has been putting these valuble experiences to use,
Creating a direct line of communication between him and his ever-growing,
I know I miss hearing JIMMY'S legendary call sounding through the halls of
my mind: 'Hey Leroy', 'Your Mama's Calling'. But I'm rewarded with an
introduction to a very hip stereo listener called a 'Troglodyte (Cave Man)'
(side one; cut three) and his wants, needs, deeds - bringing the joy of
listening directly to you.
The CASTOR experience doesn't stop. Its evolution seizes your head.
'Psyche' (side one; cut five) is a myriad of mood, melody and pure mastery.
An experience that takes you where you want to go in the best tradition of
JIMMY CASTER'S musical genius!
'L.T.D.' (side two; cut one)('Life, Truth & Death') - dig it. There's a
messaage of some GOOD and he's letting us know right now. 'My Brightest
Day' (side two; cut two) sums up the situation which confronts THE JIMMY
CASTOR BUNCH. They have put it all together.
The future indeed does seem bright and right on 'It's Just Begun'. This is
your introduction to THE JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH - YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY TO A
BRIGHTER DAY. I PROMISE YOU!
/Al Roberts, WLIB-FM, New York
About the Cover: The illustration depicts Jimmy Castor in a double role:
as a Gemini and Cancer personality. Gemini's aspects are described as
egocentric, intellectual and airy. Castor's egocentric aspect is affirmed
by his unconcealed face; his intellect is sumbolized by the tube running
from a fitting on his tempel to a fitting in the musical tree.
His mind drives his music. A second tube runs on to a small cluster of
clouds hovering near Castor's head, symbolizing his airy and mutavle natur.
Castor's Cancer aspects are symbolized on the right by the slum tenement
which rises out of wasteland. Castor is directly above a large opening i
a wall containing his heart; this serves to stress Cancer's intuitive
qualities. Castor's face is partially concealed to correspond to the
introverted nature of Cancer personalities.
The tube which runs trom his heart is attached to an armored egg; spilling
out of the egg are three elements associated with Cancer: the moon, water
and food. The prehistoric, "Troglodyte"-like figures are the end products
of the intellectual, emotional and astrological input of Castor from above.
Cover: It's a painting with Jimmy Castor in it, very nice. On the album
there's a description of the cover (look above).
The highlights are "Troglodyte" and the title track. The title track is
a funky instrumental jam and 'Troglodyte' has the hilarious cave-man
impression from Mr Castor.
Unfortunately every track ain't that good.
Other Jimmy Cator Bunch albums:
Hey Leroy '67
Phase Two '72
Dimension 3 '73
The Everything Man '73
Super Sound '75
Butt of Course '75
E Man Groovin' '76
Maximum Stimulation '77
Remembers Yesterday '81
...He grabed her by the hair
You can't do that today, fellas, 'Cause it might
You have a piece of hair in your hand and she'll
be swimming away from you
This one women just lied there, wet and frighten,
He said: move, move
She got up, she was a big women, biiig women
Her name was Bertha, Burtha Butt, she's one of
- Jimmy Castor, "Troglodyte"
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