Take Me as I Am (Faith Hill album)

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Take Me as I Am
Studio album by Faith Hill
Released October 12, 1993
Recorded Woodland Recording Studios, Midtown Tone and Volume, and The Soundshop, Nashville, Tennessee, US
Genre Country
Length 34:07
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer Gary Burr
Mike Clute
Scott Hendricks
Faith Hill chronology
Take Me as I Am
(1993)
It Matters to Me
(1995)
Singles from Take Me as I Am
  1. "Wild One"
    Released: September 23, 1993
  2. "Piece of My Heart"
    Released: January 13, 1994
  3. "But I Will"
    Released: May 12, 1994
  4. "Take Me as I Am"
    Released: September 12, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[4]

Take Me as I Am is the debut album by country singer Faith Hill, released in 1993 by Warner Bros. Records. It has been certified 3×platinum in the United States for sales of three million copies, and has sold 4.3 million copies worldwide.

Four singles were released from the album. The first two — "Wild One" and "Piece of My Heart" — reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1994. "Wild One," the tale of a rebellious teen-aged girl in conflict with her parents' more conservative ways, was the lead-off single, spending four weeks at No. 1 that January.

"Piece of My Heart", a cover of the 1967 song by Erma Franklin, was issued as the follow-up. The third single, "But I Will", failed to break the Top 30, but Hill's fourth release in late 1994 (the title track) reached No. 2.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Take Me as I Am"   Bob DiPiero, Karen Staley 3:17
2. "Wild One"   Pat Bunch, Jaime Kyle, Will Rambeaux 2:45
3. "Just About Now"   Gary Burr, Jon Vezner 2:57
4. "Piece of My Heart"   Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovoy 4:01
5. "I've Got This Friend" (with Larry Stewart) Bruce Burch, Vern Dant, Faith Hill 3:46
6. "Life's Too Short to Love Like That"   Sandy Ramos 2:37
7. "But I Will"   Troy Seals, Eddie Setser, Larry Stewart 3:47
8. "Just Around the Eyes"   Gary Burr 3:07
9. "Go the Distance"   Trey Bruce, Faith Hill, Thom McHugh 3:02
10. "I Would Be Stronger Than That"   Gary Burr 4:48
Total length:
34:07

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.

All tracks except "Just Around the Eyes"[edit]

On "Just Around the Eyes"[edit]

  • Gary Burr – background vocals
  • Jerry Douglas – Dobro
  • Rob Hajacos – fiddle
  • Terry McMillan – percussion
  • Edgar Meyer – acoustic bass guitar
  • Harry Stinson – drums
  • Biff Watson – acoustic guitar
  • Glenn Worf – electric bass guitar

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Gary Burr (all tracks except "Just Around the Eyes"); Mike Clute and Scott Hendricks ("Just Around the Eyes" only)
  • Assistant producer: John Kunz
  • Engineers: Mike Clute, John Kelton
  • Assistant engineers: Jon "JD" Dickson, Amy Hughes, John Kunz, Shawn McLean, Wayne Morgan, Herb Tassin
  • Mixing: Scott Hendricks
  • Mastering: Denny Purcell
  • Overdubs: Scott Hendricks, John Kunz
  • Art direction: Laura LiPuma
  • Design: Garrett Rittenberry
  • Photography: Aaron Rapoport
  • Make-up: Eric Bernard, Beth Katz

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 7
U.S. Billboard 200 59
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 7
Canadian RPM Country Albums 2
Canadian RPM Top Albums 51

References[edit]

  1. ^ Take Me as I Am (Faith Hill album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Alanna Nash (1993-12-10). "Take Me as I Am Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Faith Hill – Take Me as I Am CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 378. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.