Halfway to Sanity Import, CD
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|7. Death Of Me|
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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.Read more ›
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.
I Wanna Live
Garden of Serenity
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on Dec 11 2001
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 morePublished on May 20 2001
While I would not argue that this is not the greatest Ramones album - it has some great moments and belongs in your collections. Read morePublished 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 morePublished on Dec 24 1999 by Jim Peoples
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