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David Williams - Take The Ball And Run Album

David Williams - Take The Ball And Run Album

Performer: David Williams
Title: Take The Ball And Run
Country: US
Catalog Number: OF 103
Label: Ocean Front Records
Released: 1983
Style: Soul
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 426


Arranged By – Peter ReilichBass – George JohnsonDrum Machine [Linn] – Carlos VegaSoloist, Saxophone – George HowardSynthesizer [Yamaha DX7, DX9] – Steve PorcaroWritten-By – David Williams , George Johnson, Glenn Samuels
2Look Away
Arranged By – David Williams , Jai WindingBass – Mike PorcaroDrums – Jeff PorcaroKeyboards [Yamaha G51, Yamaha CE20, Prophet 10] – Peter ReilichPercussion – Joe LalaWritten-By – David Paich, David Williams
3Here To Stay
Arranged By – Bill MeyersBass – Freddie WashingtonKeyboards [Yamaha G51, Yamaha CE20, Prophet 10] – James Newton HowardWritten-By – David Williams , Susan Valentine
4When Your Dreams Come True
Arranged By – Bill MeyersBass – Nathan EastPiano [Acoustic] – Bill MeyersSynthesizer – Bill Meyers, Dean GantWritten-By – David Williams , Nathan East, Susan Valentine
5Take The Ball And Run
Bass – Freddie WashingtonDrum Machine [Oberheim DMX], Electronic Drums [Simmons], Cymbal – Carlos VegaDrums – Keith Edwards, Rick MorratoKeyboards [Yamaha G51, Yamaha CE20, Prophet 10] – James Newton HowardPercussion – Linnie CastroWritten-By – David Williams
6Let It Be You
Arranged By – Bill MeyersPiano [Acoustic] – Jai WindingSaxophone – Don MyrickWritten-By – David Williams
7She's That Lady
Bass – Freddie WashingtonDrums – Jeff PorcaroKeyboards [Yamaha G51, Yamaha CE20, Prophet 10] – James Newton HowardWritten By – Don FergusonWritten-By – David Williams
8I Don't Want To Say Goodbye
Drums – Jeff PorcaroHorns – The Phenix HornsPiano [Acoustic] – Bill MeyersSynthesizer [Moog Bass] – Dean GantWritten-By – David Williams


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
6.25887 BODavid Williams Take The Ball And Run ‎(LP, Album)Teldec6.25887 BOGermany1983
4.25887David Williams Take The Ball And Run ‎(Cass, Album, Dol)Teldec4.25887Germany1984
noneDavid Williams Take The Ball And Run ‎(Acetate, LP, S/Sided)Ocean Front Records, The Mastering LabnoneUS1983
666.004David Williams Take the ball and run ‎(LP, Album)Family Records 666.004Netherlands1983


  • Art Direction, DesignGeorgopoulos/Imada Design, Inc.
  • Backing VocalsDavid Williams , D.D. Denard, George Johnson, Gloria Kaye, Maxine Willard Waters, Tito Jackson, Yolanda Smith
  • EngineerWally Grant
  • Engineer [Assistant to Bill Schnee]Don Garcia, Susan Herron
  • Engineer [Assistant]Mike Ross
  • Engineer [Mixing]Bill Schnee (tracks: A1 to B1), Tom Knox (tracks: B2 to B4)
  • Engineer [Vocal]Tom Knox
  • Guitar, Lead VocalsDavid Williams
  • Mastered ByDoug Sax, Mike Reese (tracks: A2)
  • Mixed ByDavid Williams , Tom Knox
  • Photography ByRon Slenzak


David Paich, Mike Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro appear courtesy of CBS Records
Tito Jackson appears courtesy of Epic Records
George Johnson appears courtesy of A&M Records
George Howard appears courtesy of Palo Alto Records

Produced for Robert Cotton Management
Recorded and mixed at Weddington Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Ⓟ © 1983 Ocean Front Records


  • Recorded At – Weddington Studios
  • Mixed At – Weddington Studios
  • Mastered At – The Mastering Lab


Reviews (1)
David Williams was the rhythm guitarist prominent in the mix at the end of Michael Jackson's hit single "Billy Jean." He was known around Hollywood for this specific style of rhythm guitar playing. Hence, why Quincy Jones brought him in to play that famous part.

Sorry but I don't have much else to say about this album because I haven't heard it in literally decades. It would be great if this website was capable of linking to hearing the recordings, or even snippets. But I guess that gets into publishing issues, so we do without.

I will say, however that the credits are wrong, at least for how my name (Peter Reilich) is listed. I did two sessions for this album. One where I was called into Weddington Studio by producer Jai Winding and asked to record synthesizer overdubs (Prophet) on, I think, two songs, But I don't remember which ones. The other, more important (to me) session was at The Manor (David Paich's home studio) where Steve Porcaro synth programmed an orchestral arrangement he asked me to compose, for the Introduction of the ballad "Let It Be You."

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