1997 Ricky Lawson – First Things 1st

First Things 1st is a solo album by drummer Ricky Lawson, released in 1997.

Ricky Lawson (November 8, 1954 – December 23, 2013) was an American drummer and composer.

Tracks

1  Real Love (Ricky Lawson; Kevin Dorsey; Bridgette Bryant) 5:41
2  Plain Old Fashion Love (Ricky Lawson; Bill Cantos) 4:33
3  Slow And Gentle (Ricky Lawson; Joe Wolfe; Carole Duboc) 5:34
4  I Will Be Here Waiting For You (Ricky Lawson; Brad Buxer; Bridgette Bryant) 5:43
5  Sweet Love (Ricky Lawson; Phil Collins; Nathan East) 4:58
6  Blues Club (Ricky Lawson; Kirk Whalum) 4:50
7  Need Somebody (Ricky Lawson; Nigel Martinez) 5:27
8  Simple Man (Ricky Lawson; Bill Cantos; David Ward) 4:29
9  Sunlight (Ricky Lawson; Bill Cantos) 5:10
10  So Special (Ricky Lawson; Nathan East) 4:56
11  Love Will Bring Us Back Around (Ricky Lawson; Bill Cantos; Ty Lacy) 4:46

Media

Musicians

1 Real Love

Bass (synthesizer)Ricky Lawson
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarAl McKay
GuitarGreg Moore
KeyboardsBill Cantos
SynthesizerBill Cantos
PercussionRicky Lawson
PercussionSheila Escovedo
PercussionPeter Michael
VocalsBridgette Bryant


2 Plain Old Fashion Love

BassJimmy Haslip
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarCarlos Rios
KeyboardsBill Cantos
PercussionLuis Conte
PercussionRicky Lawson
Background VocalsBill Cantos
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
VocalsSean Holt


3 Slow And Gentle

DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarGreg Moore
KeyboardsJoe Wolfe
SynthesizerJoe Wolfe
SynthesizerRicky Lawson
PercussionRicky Lawson
Background VocalsLynne Fiddmont
VocalsBridgette Bryant


4 I Will Be Here Waiting For You

Bass (synthesizer)Ricky Lawson
DrumsRicky Lawson
PianoBrad Buxer
SynthesizerRicky Lawson
StringsBrad Buxer
SaxAndrew Woolfolk
Background VocalsThe Emotions
VocalsBridgette Bryant


5 Sweet Love

BassNathan East
DrumsRicky Lawson
KeyboardsRicky Lawson
KeyboardsNathan East
GuitarAl McKay
GuitarGreg Moore
PianoDonald Fagen
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerRicky Lawson
PercussionRicky Lawson
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBill Cantos
VocalsSean Holt


6 Blues Club

BassMarcus Miller
BassJimmy Haslip
GuitarRobben Ford
DrumsRicky Lawson
OrganRussell Ferrante
PianoRicky Lawson
SynthesizerJoe Wolfe
SaxKirk Whalum
SaxBoney James
PercussionRicky Lawson
Background VocalsSean Holt


7 Need Somebody

BassByron Miller
GuitarTony Maiden
DrumsRicky Lawson
PianoRicky Lawson
SynthesizerJoe Wolfe
PercussionRicky Lawson
Background VocalsJosie James
Background VocalsAmy Keys
VocalsSean Holt


8 Simple Man

Bass (synthesizer)Ricky Lawson
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarTony Maiden
KeyboardsBill Cantos
SynthesizerRicky Lawson
SaxJim Reid
VibraphoneRoger Burn
PercussionRicky Lawson
Background VocalsBill Cantos
VocalsSean Holt


9 Sunlight

Bass (synthesizer)Ricky Lawson
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarTony Maiden
Acoustic GuitarCarlos Rios
KeyboardsBill Cantos
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerBill Cantos
SynthesizerRicky Lawson
PercussionRicky Lawson
Background VocalsPerri Sisters
VocalsVesta Williams


10 So Special

BassNathan East
DrumsRicky Lawson
Acoustic GuitarCarlos Rios
KeyboardsRicky Lawson
PianoNathan East
SynthesizerRicky Lawson
SynthesizerNathan East
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionRicky Lawson
Background VocalsEllis Hall
Background VocalsSean Holt


11 Love Will Bring Us Back Around

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsRicky Lawson
KeyboardsGeorge Duke
PianoBill Cantos
SynthesizerBill Cantos
SynthesizerRicky Lawson
PercussionRicky Lawson
SaxKirk Whalum
Background VocalsJason Brown
Background VocalsIsrael Hollingworth
Background VocalsLyndon Peats
Background VocalsSheryl Caglese
Background VocalsSonya Sampson
VocalsJames Ingram
VocalsAl Jarreau
VocalsVesta Williams
VocalsDavid Thomas

Liner Notes

Producer – Ricky Lawson
Producer (Executive) – Choon Ho Park
Arrangements (String) – Victor Hall (Track 9)
Arrangements (Vocals) – David Thomas (Track 10)
Engineered & Mixed by Bob Brown
Engineer (Additional) – Craig Burbidge, David Ward II, Wayne Homes, David Wills, Ricky Lawson
Engineers (Assistant) – David Huron, Dave Hancock, Jeff Griffin, Carlos Castro, Tommy Fiore, Elijah Bradford
Keyboard Programming – Joe O. Wolfe, David Wills, David Ward II, Ricky Lawson
Mastered by – Steve Hall
Technicians – Don Q. Hanna, David Harrelson, Abe Senna

Mastered at Future Disc Systems
Recorded at The Enterprise, Burbank
Recorded at Mama Joe’s, North Hollywood;
Recorded at Mad Dog Studios, Burbank
Recorded at Le Gonks West, Hollywood
Recorded at Ahhsum Lawson Studios, Walnut
Recorded at N.E. & R.L., Mexico City, Mexico
Recorded at N.E. & R.L., Lausanne, Switzerland