Take Me as I Am (Faith Hill album)
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|Take Me as I Am|
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 12, 1993|
|Studio||Woodland Recording Studios, Midtown Tone and Volume, and The Soundshop, Nashville, Tennessee, US|
|Label||Warner Bros. Nashville|
|Producer||Scott Hendricks, Michael Clute, Gary Burr|
|Faith Hill chronology|
|Singles from Take Me as I Am|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Take Me as I Am is the debut studio album by American country music singer Faith Hill, released in 1993 by Warner Bros. Records. It has been certified 3× platinum in the United States for shipments of three million copies.
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.
Larry Flick from Billboard stated that on "But I Will", "the power of her pliable, pure country voice has never been better showcased than on this heartfelt ballad about a woman who's had just about enough."
|1.||"Take Me as I Am"||Bob DiPiero, Karen Staley||3:17|
|2.||"Wild One"||Jaime Kyle, Pat Bunch, 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)||Faith Hill, Bruce Burch, Vern Dant||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"||Burr||3:07|
|9.||"Go the Distance"||Trey Bruce, Thom McHugh, Hill||3:02|
|10.||"I Would Be Stronger Than That"||Burr||4:48|
As listed in liner notes.
All tracks except "Just Around the Eyes"
- Gary Burr – background vocals
- John Catchings – cello
- Bill Cuomo – synthesizer
- Stuart Duncan – mandolin, fiddle
- Paul Franklin – steel guitar, Dobro
- Dann Huff – electric guitar
- John Barlow Jarvis – piano
- Mary Ann Kennedy – background vocals
- Mark Luna – background vocals
- Brent Mason – electric guitar
- Terry McMillan – congas, cymbals, tambourine
- Don Potter – acoustic guitar
- Michael Rhodes – bass guitar
- Pam Rose – background vocals
- Victoria Shaw – background vocals
- Karen Staley – background vocals
- Larry Stewart – background vocals
- Cindy Richardson Walker – background vocals
- Ron Wallace – background vocals
- Lari White – background vocals
- Lonnie Wilson – drums
On "Just Around the Eyes"
- 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
- Producers: Scott Hendricks (all tracks except "Just Around the Eyes"); Mike Clute and Gary Burr ("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
|Canada (Music Canada)||3× Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||3× Platinum||3,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
- Take Me as I Am at AllMusic
- Alanna Nash (1993-12-10). "Take Me as I Am Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
- "Faith Hill – Take Me as I Am CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- 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.
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- "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1995". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
- "Canadian album certifications – Faith Hill – Take me As I am". Music Canada. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
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