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Halfway to Sanity [Import, CD]

Ramones Audio CD
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1. I Wanna Live
2. Bop 'Til You Drop
3. Garden Of Serenity
4. Weasel Face
5. Go Lil' Camaro Go
6. I Know Better Now
7. Death Of Me
8. I Lose My Mind
9. A Real Cool Time
10. I'm Not Jesus
11. Bye Bye Baby
12. Worm Man

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Format:Audio CD
It's not in my top fifty of all time, unlike the Ramones' first four albums. It's from the much-maligned 80's period that spawned Animal Boy before and Brain Drain after. But those three in my opinion are the most underrated, misunderstood Ramones albums. It's just Johnny Ramone's later, more hard rock/metal guitar that the strict '77 punk purists can't handle.
At first glance at the cover you might say, "Whoa! Joey's wearing purple socks!" and then "Dude! Who's the Ramone with the pink Converse? Sure they're still the classic Chuck Taylors, but..." That my friends is none other than Richie Ramone, the "lost Ramone" drummer who was last spotted working at a Florida hotel.
Back to the music. Halfway to Sanity features a couple 50's influenced, traditional-sounding Ramones songs, and 2 or 3 more metalish hard rockers. The remainder of the album treads the line right between those two styles. This is how I would actually describe all Ramones studio albums starting with Too Tough to Die, as the hard rock/"classic" Ramones blend. The only exception would be Acid Eaters, which even as a HUGE Ramones fan, I can honestly say is the only of one their albums you should avoid.
The obvious 50's influence, catchy popsters on this one would be "Go Lil Camaro Go," "A Real Cool Time," and "Bye Bye Baby," all arguably among the Ramones' best. "Bye Bye Baby" is a slow 50's girl group type ballad, so it makes sense that Joey later did a duet of it with Ronnie Spector. Debbie Harry does backing vocals on "Camaro." Blondie fans should note that after Richie left the Ramones (this was his third and last album) Clem Burke filled in, but with disastrous results.
Representing the hard rock side you got mid-tempo anthems like "I Wanna Live" and "Death of Me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Halfway" into a Ramones' Slump July 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Ramones continued their ride on auto-pilot with "Halfway To Sanity." While a touch better than "Animal Boy," it still lacked the punch of the classics. There was (well, in the days of sides one and two), a great first half but a forgettable flip side. I remember playing the [stuff] outta side one, but aside from "I'm Not Jesus" and "Real Cool Time," really getting disinterested in side two.
The first half, though, would be a 5 star EP. Dee Dee once again wrote a pair of stunning, life affirming songs with "I Wanna Live" and "Garden Of Serenity," "Bop Til You Drop" follows in the tradition of countless Ramones dance songs, and Debbie Harry adds a sixties girl group fever to "Go Lil' Camaro." "Weasel Face" has spunk ala "Animal Boy" and "I Know Better Now" kicked the LP side to a close.
Perhaps had they recorded this in the CD age, a different sequencing might have made it a more consistent sounding disc. But as a document of the Ramones late 80's recordings, it only rates about 3 1/2 stars.
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This is the best Ramones record. Halfway To Sanity starts off great with classics "I wanna live" and "Bop till you drop" which have that fun 80s feel and then dives strait into the funky loud punk of "Garden of Serienty" and "Weasleface". Next is my favorite "Go lil' camero" which sounds like a nutty combination of really catchy tenny-bopper-pop and Motorhead. "I Know Better Now" and "Death Of Me" are above-average Ramones rockers with a strong sence of pop hooks. The next track "I lost my mind" is the album's most forgettable track. Its just generic punk rock in terms of loud, fast, and short. It isn't that great but decent, more Dead Kennedys' style punk. "A Real Cool Time" the next track is a real winner. It just flows with indeniably fun pop hooks and the lyrics shine throughout. Sometimes I just find myself humming that song. Its a really good one. "I'm Not Jesus" if trimmed a bit and recorded differantly could be a metal song. Its really wierd to heavy metal guitars at the beginning of a Ramones song. The next one, "bye bye baby" is an old-fashoned love song. Its about breaking up and combines that great Ramones balled feel and perfectly captues the Ramones influence of 60s pop. (ex. the beach boys) It is a really good track. And the last song "worm man" is a great way to wrap up a great record. Highly recommended.
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There are 2 truly great songs on this album but then there is the ever so sad and dark closer "Bye Bye Baby" that I, one who hates any song with the word "baby" in it, sing along to every word. Then theres "I'm Not Jesus" & "Death Of Me", but for every song like that there is more songs like "Weasel Face", "Go Lil' Camaro Go", "Bop Til You Drop" & "I Know Better Now". These songs just make me cringe (like alot of Ramones songs). I was a very big fan of the Ramones but after overviewing their career, they just did mature like a band does and that's why they have a lot of songs that aren't quite up to par.
I Wanna Live
Garden of Serenity
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4.0 out of 5 stars Halfway Decent May 2 2003
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
Halfway To Sanity is a big leap from Animal Boy, but not a huge one. It has definently more singable songs like "I Wanna Live" and "Bop Till You Drop" which slightly verge on self parody again. As the album goes along the songs get better and deeper with "Garden Of Serentity" and "I'm Not Jesus". I especially liked the song "Go Lil Camero Go" with Debbie Harry singing backround vocals because of the way it brings the Ramones back to their Beach Boys fetish. By the time the album is over, I realize that Halfway To Sanity is actually a fair record, mostly because it was the last to feature Richie Ramone on drums.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two great songs.
Not a very good album, But don't believe everything you hear.
I wanna live possibly one of there best songs. Bop til you drop still makes the greatest hits album. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not their best, but its still good
Halfway to sanity is not the best ramones album and i would not advise newcomers as a first buy (rocket to russia, too tough to die, road to ruin) but it does have its moments,... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album.. arguably the Ramones' best.
I own every Ramones album and most of the imports, and this is the studio album that is in my stereo most of the time. Read more
Published on May 20 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Other Fools!
While I would not argue that this is not the greatest Ramones album - it has some great moments and belongs in your collections. Read more
Published on June 24 2000 by Kevin Strasser
As a huge Ramones fan, it is hard to admit that they even have a worst album. While there are a few good songs - "I Wanna Live," "Bop 'Til You Drop," and... Read more
Published on Dec 24 1999 by Jim Peoples
1.0 out of 5 stars Ramones play Metal???????
The worst of all. This is the only Ramones album that i hardly even know. Only 2 songs are like good. The rest EMBARASSING! Terrible Album!
Published on Oct. 30 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars One of their weakest...
The first two tracks are very good and hard-rocking, but then the album takes a nose-dive in quality. Read more
Published on July 23 1999
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