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The World as Best as I Remember It, Volume One

The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One is the fifth solo album by songwriter Rich Mullins and was released in 1991 on Reunion Records. The album received 7th place in the book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music (2001).

The song "Step by Step," written by Beaker, became a popular contemporary worship song among Christians. Mullins added new verses to the song for the follow-up to this album, The World as Best as I Remember It, Volume Two.

Track listing

  1. "Step By Step" (Beaker) – 2:39
    • Appeared on compilation Songs 2 1999
  2. "Boy Like Me/Man Like You" (Rich Mullins and Beaker) – 3:17
    • Appeared on compilation Songs 1996
  3. "Where You Are" (Rich Mullins and Beaker) – 3:07
    • Appeared on compilation Songs 2 1999
  4. "Jacob and 2 Women" (Rich Mullins) – 3:03
  5. "The Howling" (Rich Mullins and Beaker) – 3:21
  6. "Calling Out Your Name" (Rich Mullins) – 4:51
    • Appeared on compilation Songs 1996
  7. "Who God is Gonna Use" (Rich Mullins) – 3:10
  8. "The River" (Rich Mullins) – 4:48
  9. "I See You" (Rich Mullins) – 5:27
    • Appeared on compilation Songs 2 1999
  10. "Step By Step (reprise)" (Beaker) – 2:22


Radio singles

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Boy Like Me/Man Like You" U.S. Christian 16
1992 "Where You Are" U.S. Christian 3


  • Rich Mullins: vocals, Piano, Lap Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer.
  • Billy Crockett: guitars.
  • Jerry McPherson: guitars.
  • Tom Hemby: Mandolin, acoustic guitar.
  • Garry Lunn: Bass Guitars.
  • Tommy Simms: Bass Guitars.
  • Eric Darken: percussion.
  • Steve Brewster: drums
  • Paul Leim: drums
  • Sam Levine: Recorder
  • Reed Arvin: Piano, keyboards, String Arrangements
  • Steven V. Taylor: Choir Arrangements
  • Tommy Gardner: Boy soprano
  • Steve Snoddy: Bagpipe
  • Background Vocals by Susan Ashton, Bonnie Keen, Chris Rodriguez, Donna McElroy, and Vicki Hampton.
  • The Big Choir: Bev Bartsch, Michael P. Madkin, Dane Brashear, Michele Buc, John Colton, Alfredo Coleman, Mark Comden, Don Donahue, Karen Franz, Alison Freemon, David Hamilton, Angela Hewitt, Joe Hicks, Michelle Hicks, Andy Ivey, Elizabeth Leighton Jones, Lori Lee Loving, Robert Magee, Marita Meinerts, Michael Nolan, Danny O'Lannerghty, Laurie Omahundro, Tony Peterson, Kristin Pierson, Matt Pierson, Bernie Sheahan, Bill Sinclair, Leslie Tarkington and Kevin Wolf.
  • The Little Choir: Lisa Bevill-Amann, Chris Harris, Lisa Glascow, Gary Janney, Tommy Jensen, Guy Penrod, Gary Robinson, Leah Taylor, Steven V. Taylor, and Tricia Walker.

Production notes

  • Procuced by Reed Arvin.
  • Executive Producers: Michael Blanton, Don Donahue.
  • Engineered by Bill Deaton, Ronnie Brookshire, Reed Arvin, Brent King, Lynn Fuston, Penn Singleton and Rick Will.
  • Second Engineers were Doug Wildeboer, Patrick Kelly, and Shane Wilson.
  • Mixed by Rick Will at the Castle.
  • Recorded at Casa de Pepe Music, Omnisound Recording Studio, and Hummingbird Recording.
  • Art Direction by D Rhodes and Buddy Jackson.
  • Photography by Mark Tucker.
  • Design by Buddy Jackson for Jackson Design.

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