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  • Audio CD (February 11, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: February 11, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027SR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is classic rock!
"haloryan"
I know Social Ds radio songs but picked up this album a couple of months back and I absolutly love it.
S. Carey
This is probably the best album ever recorded.
Kirt A. Knutsen

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on July 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Social Distortion's "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell" is the band's best and most consistent album. The songwriting is nearly uniformly excellent and their Delta Bluesman-meets-Johnny Rotten style has never been more fully realized. The two singles were "Bad Luck," and "Born to Lose," which are typical of the whole album, hard luck bluesy lyrics sung over high energy guitar fury. Other standout cuts include the prison lament "99 to Life," the (almost) tender "Making Believe," and the burning rockers "Cold Feelings" and "Sometimes I Do." The rest of the material is nearly as good and this is one of those rare albums that really doesn't contain any clunkers.
Overall, the best example of blues-punk you're ever liable to run across.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alan Hutchins on February 4, 2002
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Music is a vast smorgasbord of styles and tastes. In the Buffet line of Rock-n-Roll, though, this disc is squarely in the meat and potatoes section. No frills, no garnishes, no fancy spices---just basic nourishment prepared to perfection. Two guitars (Gibson Les Pauls through Marshall amps cranked to about 11), bass and drums. Three chord songs. Sometimes four. Sneering, vulnerable, brash, and world weary lead vocals from Mike Ness. High harmony backing vocals. Simple, follow-the-melody guitar solos. A tiny bit of harmonica in one song. Awesome sound. That's it.
It's not really a blues, country, or punk disc, yet it is all of these things at once. The recipe for this basic yet tasty dish? Throw the following strong influences in a blender and hit "puree" for hours: Neil Young's Crazy Horse, Early Clash, Johhny Cash, Ramones, The Stooges, Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, and a generous helping of Hank Williams (nearly all III of them). Pour on the glitz and dust of Orange County and soak in the toil and sweat of a 12+ year(at the time of this release)punk rock career. Sift in some of the searing nightmares of heroin-withdrawl, add a couple of scoops of lyrics addressing rock and country traditions leavened with the life lessons and wisdom gained by Mike Ness reaching the age of 30 when he never thought he was going to. Add a cover of one country classic that has been done by Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, etc. ("Making Believe"), but make sure it's been thrashed so hard that it is barely recognizeable as a country song. Simmer the whole mess and add a final touch: skull-crushing production by Dave Jerden.
Serve by blocking out all interruptions and cranking your sound system nearly as loud as it will go.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
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Social Distortion is one of the longest lasting and most influential punk bands ever. I basically learned how to play electric guitar to this band. They are definitely one of my favorite bands. Their songs are so simple, but soooooo good! This is my favorite Social D album. The songs are pretty much country ballads, but sped up and amplified.(Old School Country of course) "King of Fools" sounds just like something Johnny Cash would have wrote. "Making Believe" is probably my favorite Social D song. "This Time Darling" sounds like something the Rolling Stones would have played on the Let It Bleed album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "haloryan" on January 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The early 1990's saw a big change in popular music: Heavy Metal went out and Grunge came in. With this came a new slew of bands copying one another.
Social Distortion refused to copy, or immitate, any of these new bands and kept to their own style of Punk/Rockabilly when they released Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. This is classic rock!
Mike Ness seems to tell a story that the average working class kid and relate to with each song on this album. Tracks like "Bad Luck" and "99 To Life" are the perfect theme songs for high school guys getting in trouble and getting no chicks.
Other notable tracks..."Ghost Town Blues" and "When She Begins."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kirt A. Knutsen on September 10, 2005
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This is probably the best album ever recorded. I've worn out 2 cd's. I have a collection of 3000+ cd's and this is the one I pull out all the time. Classic songwriting, great guitar solos, a wonderful cover. Mike Ness is great. I know that's an understatement, but thank God he keeps doing it right. White Light and Sex Love and Rock n Roll are just as good so be prepared for a life changing experience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1998
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I bought this album after hearing their self-titled effort two years earlier. I was hooked, to say the least. Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell is SOLID: it is difficult to skip a single song. "Making Believe," "Sometimes I Do," and "This Time Darlin'" rank right up there with "Story of My Life" and "Ball and Chain." You even get the bonus track of "Ghost Town Blues," which combines serious harmonica playing with some cool sound/vocal effects. This CD elaborates on the sound of the first album and ends up defining Social Distortion as a talented, appealing band. This is definitely one of my favorite CDs, and I recommend it to anyone looking for an original and worthwhile listening experience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James R. Mckinley on April 21, 2004
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Highly Recommended This is as pure and driven a rock combo as you're likely to find on either side of the punk/rock fence. The songs are a hail of rough-edged but well-constructed originals. The band's sound is reminiscent of "London Calling" era Clash. "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell" offers rock-steady tempos, grungy guitars mashing through meat-and-potatoes chord changes, the gravelly musings of lead singer Mike Ness. This is probably my favorite Social Distortion album, and the one that made me a fan for life.
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