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O'Donel Levy - Simba album download

Simba is an album by American jazz guitarist O'Donel Levy recorded in 1973 and released on the Groove Merchant label the following year. The songs are catchy and funky, and play to Levy's strengths as a player. The arrangements are fantastic, played by a who's who list of '70s session men. Simba is the O'Donel Levy album to own". All compositions by Manny Albam except where noted. Bad, Bad Simba" – 7:15.

Simba ‎(8-Trk, Album, Quad). Simba ‎(CD, Album, RE). P-Vine Records, Groove Merchant.

Simba is one hot album of funky soul-jazz. O'Donel Levy had played with Richard "Groove" Holmes and Jimmy McGriff on other albums for producer Sonny Lester's Groove Merchant label, and even had one released under his own name (Black Velvet), but this was something different. Black Velvet had a couple Levy originals, but relied heavily on cover tunes. For Simba, Lester brought in Manny Albam to supply both the tunes and the arrangements, and it makes all the difference in the world.

O'Donel Levy 1973 Simba. 01. Bad, Bad, Simba 7:16 02. Kilimanjaro Cookout 4:53 03. Playhouse 4:37 04. Sierra Lonely 5:34 05. Sad, Sad, Simba 6:07 06. Joni 5:10 07. Nigerian Knights 5:06. Simba is one hot album of funky soul-jazz.

O'Donel Levy - Bad, Bad Simba 07:14. O'Donel Levy - Nigerian Knights 05:13. O'Donel Levy - Sad, Sad Simba 06:08. O'Donel Levy - Bad, Bad, Simba 07:14. O'Donel Levy - Kilimanjaro Cookout 04:51. O'Donel Levy - Playhouse 04:36. O'Donel Levy - Sierra Lonely 05:33. O'Donel Levy - Sad, Sad, Simba 06:03. O'Donel Levy - Joni 05:09. O'Donel Levy - Nigerian Knights 05:05. Time Has Changed - Aleta Green, George Young, Jimmy Maelen, O'Donel Levy. Breeding of Mind - O'Donel Levy. Dawn of a New Day - O'Donel Levy.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Bad, Bad, Simba
Composed By – M. Albam*
A2 Kilimanjaro Cookout
Composed By – M. Albam*
A3 Playhouse
Composed By – M. Albam*, O. Levy*
A4 Sierra Lonely
Composed By – M. Albam*Flugelhorn [Solo] – Burt Collins, Cecil Bridgewater
B1 Sad, Sad, Simba
Composed By – M. Albam*Flugelhorn [Solo] – Cecil Bridgewater
B2 Joni
Composed By – O. Levy*
B3 Nigerian Knights
Composed By – O. Levy*

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – Groove Merchant International, Inc.
  • Mastered At – Bell Sound Studios


  • Arranged By – Manny Albam
  • Art Direction, Photography By [Cover] – Sam Alexander
  • Bass – Tony Levin
  • Drums – Steve Gadd
  • Electric Piano – Warren Bernhardt
  • Engineer – Malcolm Addey
  • Flugelhorn – Alan Rubin, Burt Collins, Cecil Bridgewater, Lew Soloff
  • Flute, Piccolo Flute, Baritone Saxophone – Eddie Daniels
  • Guitar – O'Donel Levy
  • Mastered By – Sam Feldman
  • Percussion – Jim Madison*
  • Photography By [Back] – Roy Di Tosti
  • Producer – Sonny Lester
  • Trombone – Bill Watrous
  • Trumpet – Burt Collins, Ernie Royal, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff


Label variation with different record company reference: "Groove Merchant International, Inc.", no distribution in this issue.

Recorded July 2-3, 1973

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, etched): GM-526 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, etched): GM-526 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, both sides, stamped): Bell Sound

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
GM 526 O'Donel Levy Simba ‎(LP, Album) Groove Merchant GM 526 US 1974
PCD-23459 O'Donel Levy Simba ‎(CD, Album, RE) P-Vine Records PCD-23459 Japan 2003
GM 526 O'Donel Levy Simba ‎(LP, RE, 180) Groove Merchant GM 526 US 2009
GRM L 7526 O'Donel Levy Simba ‎(8-Trk, Album, Quad) Groove Merchant GRM L 7526 US 1973
PCD-18727 O'Donel Levy Simba ‎(CD, Album, RE) P-Vine Records, Groove Merchant PCD-18727 Japan 2013

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