Additional Album Artwork:
Back Cover
Inner Sleeve

Chart Peak:

  • #31 – Billboard Pop Chart
Somewhere Over China

Release Date:

January 19, 1982


MCA Records

Track List
1. Where’s The Party 3:39
2. It’s Midnight And I’m Not Famous Yet 3:51
3. I Heard I Was In Town 3:38
4. Somewhere Over China 5:25
5. When Salome Plays The Drum 3:30
6. Lip Service 3:58
7. If I Could Just Get It On Paper 3:35
8. Steamer 4:10
9. On A Slow Boat To China 3:59

Jimmy’s Note

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.

“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 an abstraction with his blood hasn’t quite died out before twenty-one, you know.” – William Faulkner “Mosquitoes”

Contributing Artists

  • Jimmy Buffett – Vocals and rhythm guitar
  • Michael Utley – Piano, organ, and synthesizer
  • Greg “Fingers” Taylor – Harmonica
  • Harry Dailey – Bass
  • Matt “Matty Dread” Betton – Drums and timbalis
  • Josh Leo – Electric and acoustic guitar
  • Barry Chance – Electric and acoustic guitar
  • M.L. Benoit – Congas
  • Ferrell 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 – Vocals
  • Florence “Bambi” Warner – Vocals
  • Christian Bachellier – Vocals
  • David Loggins – Vocals
  • Freddy Fishstick – Vocals

Album Notes