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  • Audio CD (11 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000002PCV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  3. I Heard I Was In Town (Album Version) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Somewhere Over China (Album Version) 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. When Salome Plays The Drum (Album Version) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  7. If I Could Just Get It On Paper (Album Version) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Buffett,Jimmy ~ Somewhere Over China

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Just for you, Trina 5 May 2003
By David A. Bede - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What is it about this album that makes so many parrotheads say "Well, I'm sure I'd like it if I gave it more of a chance, but..."? Perhaps it's the lack of a concert staple, although several of these songs could fit that bill just fine. Maybe it's because it's heavier than usual on ballads, but then some of those ballads are among his best. Whatever the reason may be, it's worth more of a chance than most fans I know have given it.
Somewhere Over China is obscure enough that if you're reading this, you're probably already quite a Buffett fan. Which means you understand his true appeal as most of the critics never will. It isn't about the commercialization of Key West or expensive cheeseburgers or dressing up like a Heinz 57 bottle to drink Corona until you...well, you know. Oh, the left-of-center goofiness is still here, notably in an off-the-wall cover of "On a Slow Boat to China" which Buffett appropriately dedicated to Spike Jones in the liner notes of the original LP, but it exists alongside some of the most introspective songs he's ever offered us.
The opener, "Where's the Party," is surely the most misleading title of his career, but its tale of loneliness from an extrovert's point of view is nothing if not thought-provoking. On the lighter side, "It's Midnight and I'm Not Famous Yet" features the late Steve Goodman as co-writer and a lead character named Lester Polyester...need I say more? Goofier still is "Lip Service," perhaps Buffett's all-time greatest double-entendre. (Is it about a co-dependent relationship or oral sex? You make the call!) But the mood is more serious for the most part. "Steamer" is arguably the most sensuous number he's ever recorded, while "I Heard I Was In Town" is tops in the subgenre of lonely-life-of-a-superstar songs (something he'd tried his hand at several times before, but never as convincingly as here).
Yes, I know, you already have half of those songs if you own the box set. So why buy this CD as well? The title track, which as far as I know has never been released on any other album, is the best Buffett you've never heard. It's a tale of an average guy who gets the unlikely chance to throw caution to the wind and travel to the far side of the world, discovering the pros and cons of that lifestyle along the way, much as our hero has spent much of the past three decades doing. What's the moral of the story? Maybe we're better off staying with the dull but familiar; but then again, maybe there's real joy in the loneliness of wanderlust. Buffett doesn't really give us an answer, and perhaps he hadn't made up his own mind when he wrote the song. That uncertainty makes for a lesson unto itself. Either way, if you're still hoping for that opportunity to go off one of these days in search of the Great Lost Saltshaker, you need this song in your collection!
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A horribly underrated album 23 April 2001
By Todd Peterman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Oh, the album that doesn't spawn any greatest hits tends to get skewed or dismissed... Also, the album that has nuance usually gets passed over by the surface dwellers. This album was the first album that I have ever bought by Jimmy Buffett lo those many years ago. And I have been cherishing it more with every listen.
The lyrics on this album are some of the most ingenious lyrics composed and the few songs that are of non-Buffett origin are classics. The music is the culprit for the dismissals of this album since it's such nice music that unless one stops and listens, one can get carried away with merely the nice musical breeze.
"I Heard I Was In Town", "Somewhere Over China", "Where's The Party?" are tops on my Buffett lists along with the real classics of '70s Buffett. "If I Could Get It On Paper", as one reviewer accurately observed is dead-on if you are a writer.
This is sort of a Magic Eye album... if you don't see the picture at first, keep looking and suddenly the genius will pop out.
Overlooked By Many Buffett Fans 9 Nov. 2006
By Steven Sly - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Sales of new Buffett albums continued to slip with "Somewhere Over China" as nothing on this disc got much if any airplay and the album tanked at the cash register. It remains one those albums that many Buffett fans do not own. It is a pretty average album for Jimmy, but there are a few gems to be found on it. Al of the songs were written by Buffett except for the final two tracks "Steamer" and "Slow Boat To China". Of the originals highlights include ""Where's The Party" whose lyrics suggest that the party life may not be all its cracked up to be. "Its Midnight And I'm Not Famous Yet" may be one of the best songs about Las Vegas ever written, and rocks harder than Buffett normally does. The title track "Somewhere Over China" is another good one telling the story of a world weary traveler. "I Heard I Was In Town" is a great little country tune with clever lyrics. This album has a melancholy feel to a lot of it especially compared to the good time party tunes of many of Buffett's other works. It is one of Buffett's most overlooked albums, but worth owning if you are a fan.
Somewhere over China 2 Mar. 2013
By Bruce B. - Published on
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I have this on record but decided I needed a copy that was more portable. I've loved Jimmy since the seventies.Some of his albums have one or more hits on them but there are many, like this, that don't, but are still really good albums. "If I could just get it on paper" is a great song which deserves to be far better known. "Somewhere over China" has that quirkiness that we all love about Jimmy's songs, and who could resist a song entitled "I heard I was in town"?
Somewhere between okay and very good 1 Feb. 2001
By P Magnum - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Somewhere Over China is not a great Jimmy Buffett, but it is a solid effort. The title track, the big band sounding "On A slow Boat To China", "When Salome Plays The Drums" and "I Heard I was In Town" all stand up, but "Where's The Party", "It's Midnight and I'm Not Famous Yet", "Lip Service" and "Steamer" all fall short.
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