Roy Clark

Take Me As I Am

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The Pickwick budget label released a few packages of Roy Clark's early-'60s Capitol recordings when he made it big with Hee-Haw and his Dot label hits in the late '60s and '70s. Take Me As I Am is one such reissue, wrapping nine old album tracks in an illustrated cover that implies country-comedy is in store. There actually are a couple of mildly humorous tracks on the album: an awful arrangement of Harlan Howard's "Sally Was a Good Old Girl," and a silly take-off on "Frankie and Johnny" titled "Johnny Goofed." Except for the mid-tempo pop of "I Could Have Been Lonely at Home," all the other cuts are serious, string-laden ballads like "Faded Love" and "We Could" that, even at this early stage in his career, are every bit as pop-oriented as his later easy listening hits like "Yesterday, When I Was Young." Take Me As I Am is too brief but has a few cuts that may be worthy enough to justify its budget price for Clark's fans.