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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, TN
Genre Country
Length 34:07
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer Gary Burr
Mike Clute
Scott Hendricks
Professional reviews
Faith Hill chronology
Take Me as I Am
1993)
It Matters to Me
(1995)

Take Me as I Am is the debut album by country artist Faith Hill, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music) on Warner Bros. Records Nashville and has been certified 3× Multi-Platinum in the United States for sales 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 magazine 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 and giving Hill the longest-reigning chart-topping debut single for a female artist since 1964's "Once a Day" by Connie Smith.

"Piece of My Heart," a cover of the 1968 song by Big Brother and the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin) 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.

Contents

Track listing

  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" (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

Singles

  • Wild One - September 1993
  • Piece Of My Heart - January 13, 1994
  • But I Will - May 12, 1994
  • Take Me as I Am - September 1994

Personnel

As listed in liner notes.

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All tracks except "Just Around the Eyes"

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

Production

  • 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

Charts

Album

- Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1993 Heatseekers 7
Top Country Albums 7
1994 The Billboard 200 59

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