Somewhere over China

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Somewhere over China
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Studio album by Jimmy Buffett
Released January 1982
Recorded September-October 1981
Genre Rock, Gulf and Western
Length 35:18
Label MCA
MCA-5285 (U.S., 12")
Producer Norbert Putnam
Jimmy Buffett chronology
Coconut Telegraph
Somewhere over China
One Particular Harbour
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Somewhere over China (Chinese: 在中国的某一地方; pinyin: Zài Zhōngguó de Mǒu yí Dìfāng) is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was released in January 1982 as MCA 5285 and is the last Buffett album produced by Norbert Putnam.


In addition to songs written or co-written by Buffett (two with Steve Goodman and two with Michael Utley), the album includes the John Scott Sherrill-penned "Steamer" and Frank Loesser's 1940s standard "On a Slow Boat to China." Recorded for the album but not included was "Elvis Imitators", also written by Goodman, with Buffett singing an Elvis Presley imitation with the Jordanaires on background vocals. The song was to be credited to "Freddie and the Fishsticks"[2] and it was later released on Buffett's box set, Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads. "I Heard I Was in Town" was also included on the box set in the Ballads section, but in a slightly different mix than what appears on Somewhere over China; it also makes its only official live recording on Buffett's live EP Live in Key West.

Chart performance[edit]

Somewhere over China reached #31 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The song "It's Midnight and I'm not Famous Yet" hit #32 on the new Billboard Rock Tracks chart.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1:

  1. "Where's the Party" (Jimmy Buffett, Steve Goodman, Bill LaBounty) – 3:37
  2. "It's Midnight and I'm Not Famous Yet" (Jimmy Buffett, Steve Goodman) – 3:49
  3. "I Heard I Was in Town" (Jimmy Buffett, Michael Utley) – 3:36
  4. "Somewhere over China" (Jimmy Buffett) – 5:20

Side 2:

  1. "When Salome Plays the Drum" (Jimmy Buffett) – 3:25
  2. "Lip Service" (Jimmy Buffett, Michael Utley) – 3:57
  3. "If I Could Just Get It on Paper" (Jimmy Buffett) – 3:32
  4. "Steamer" (John Scott Sherrill) – 4:06
  5. "On a Slow Boat to China" (Frank Loesser) – 3:56


The Coral Reefer Band:

  • Jimmy Buffett - vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Michael Utley - piano, organ, synthesizer
  • Greg "Fingers" Taylor - harmonica
  • Harry Dailey - bass
  • Matt "Matty Dread" Betton - drums, timbales
  • Josh Leo - electric and acoustic guitar
  • Barry Chance - electric and acoustic guitar
  • M.L. Benoit - congas

Additional Reefers:

  • Farrell Morris - vibes and percussion
  • Norbert Putnam - upright bass and Casio
  • Doyle Grisham - pedal steel
  • Hank De Vito - pedal steel on "If I could Just Get it on Paper"
  • Deborah McColl - reeferette
  • Florence "Bambi" Warner - reeferette
  • Christian Bachellier - reeferette
  • David Loggins - reeferette
  • Freddy Fishstick - reeferette


  • "It's Midnight And I'm Not Famous Yet" b/w "When Salome Plays The Drum" (Released on MCA 52013 in February 1982)
  • "Where's The Party" b/w "If I Could Just Get It On Paper" (Released on MCA 52050 in April 1982)


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  2. ^ Elvis Music. Accessed 1 October 2007. "Freddie Fishstick" is also credited as a "Reeferette" on this album.