The Lonely Shepherd - Gheorghe Zamfir

The Lonely Shepherd, also known as Einsamer Hirte or Der einsame Hirte in German, is an instrumental piece by James Last, first released in a recording with the Romanian panflutist Gheorghe Zamfir.

Originally, the title was planned for the album Filmusik ohne Film, which was only to contain original compositions by James Last. This album was never released, so "The Lonely Shepherd " was published on Last's album Russland Erinnerungen (Memories of Russia). In the same year, it was also released as a single, which reached 22nd on the music charts in Germany. With this recording, Gheorghe Zamfir, who had already published a number of records, succeeded in an international breakthrough. Among other things, he accompanied James Last in his 1978 tour.