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Somewhere Over China
By: Jimmy Buffett
Release Date: January 1st, 1982
Peak Chart Position: Billboard 200 Chart: #31;

1 – Where’s The Party (Jimmy Buffett, Steve Goodman, B.LaBounty)
2 – It’s Midnight And I’m Not Famous Yet (Jimmy Buffett & Steve Goodman)
3 – I Heard I Was In Town (Jimmy Buffett & Michael Utley)
4 – Somewhere Over China (Jimmy Buffett)
5 – When Salome Plays The Drum (Jimmy Buffett)
6 – Lip Service (Jimmy Buffett & Mike Utley)
7 – If I Could Just Get It On Paper (Jimmy Buffett)
8 – Steamer (John Scott Sherrill)
9 – On A Slow Boat To China (Frank Loesser)


Performer Credit
Jimmy Buffett Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Doyle Grisham Pedal Steel
Michael Utley Piano, Organ, and Synthesizer
Greg “Fingers” Taylor Harmonica
Farrell Morris Vibes and Percussion
Harry Dailey Bass
Norbert Putnam Upright Bass and Casio
Deborah McColl Reeferette
Barry Chance Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Josh Leo Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Matt Betton Drums and Timbales
M.L. Benoit Congas
Hank De Vito Pedal Steel on “If I could Just Get it on Paper”
Florence “Bambi” Warner Reeferette
Christian Bachellier Reeferette
David Loggins Reeferette
Freddy Fishstick Reeferette

Label: MCA
Producer: Norbert Putnam


Original Vinyl Information:
MCA-5285, MCA Records. No gatefold. Liner notes and color photos on the sleeve.

Foreign Vinyl Information:
204 396-320/ France AE 260. The inner sleeve contains yrics and color photos. The back has a color photo of Jimmy with an open book in the center, liner notes on both sides, and a few lines from William Faulkner’s “Mosquitoes” below the photo.

Original CD Information:
MCAD-31168, MCA Records. Liner notes are actually printed on the insert, but they are incomplete. No artwork or photos beyond the front cover.

Album Concept: Jimmy Buffett
Designed By: Jimmy Buffett and Georgopoulos/Imada
Art Direction: George Osaki
Album Photography: Jodi Cobb
Special Thanks to: Betty Barnett and Gil Merritt
Direction: Frontline Management

Recorded and Remixed at: The Bennett House, Franklin, Tennessee, September and October 1981
Engineered by: Elliot Scheiner and Kyle Lehning
Assistant Engineers: Jon Putnam and Danny Hilley

“It’s young people who put life into ritual by making conventions a living part of life: Only old people destroy life by making it a ritual. The boy that belongs to a secret pirates gang and who dreams of defending and abstraction with his blood hasn’t quite died out before twenty-one, you know”

– William Faulkner “Mosquitoes”

This album is dedicated to Bill Williams, my old boss, who told me a long time ago that he knew that I knew that I could love, J.B.

My Staff: Bobby Holcomb, Rick Holcomb, Tim Mooney, Johnny D., Brent Taylor, Charlie Allen and Doctor Kino

Thanks to Irving Azoff, Nina Avramides, Howard Kaufman, George Osaki and Annie Keener. Welcome to the world Briana Putnam and Adios Winston. Thanks to Craig Nettles and all my friends on the Yankees who have supplied my wardrobe for the past year. Nutritional Consultants – Chez Kino, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Loveless Motel, The Dynasty Dotson’s, The One-Stop Barbecue and Julian’s Late night thanks to the makers of Moet Et Chandon Champagne and Rolaids.

Liner Notes courtesy