Shimmering Harp

Shimmering Harp

Shimmering Harp - New Cover Francisco's debut album is a fiesta of latin folklore and contemporary themes from film, television and the pop charts, skilfully blending Paraguayan Harp and vintage synths, poured over ice for the soundtrack to the cocktail party of your previous life.

Track Listing

  1. Ballade Pour Adeline
  2. Theme From M*A*S*H
  3. Yesterday
  4. Alborada
  5. Bell Bird
  6. Vamos Amigos
  7. Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from “The Godfather”)
  8. Never On Sunday
  9. Cascada
  10. Shimmering Harp
  11. Sonata in G
  12. Chariots of Fire

Francisco’s debut album from 1982!

Available now exclusively from this Analogue Rock Records – click here!

“Shimmering Harp” was Francisco’s first recording after going solo in the late 1970s.

Recorded between 1980 and 1982 at Stockport’s legendary Strawberry Studios, the album mixes traditional Paraguayan folklore (Bell Bird, of course), Francisco’s own compositions (a breathtaking version of Vamos Amigos), pop covers (McCartney’s Yesterday) and TV & Film Soundtracks of the day (Theme from M*A*S*H, The Godfather, Never on Sunday).  Also making its debut here is an early version of the title track Shimmering Harp, which would become one of Francisco’s most popular tunes.

Whilst Bell Bird and Cascada are solo, the rest of the album is a concerto backed by live guitars & percussion, and synthesisers that would now be described as “vintage”, providing a cocktail-lounge ambience that a contemporary indie band could only now dream of.  The result is a fascinating period-piece that has stood the test of time, if best served with with a Babycham in a frosted glass.

It was released on the Music for Pleasure label on vinyl and cassette (this was before the age of the compact disc), so if you have an original copy, you have a rare collectors’ item!

Shimmering Harp

Shimmering Harp: The original 1982 vinyl album sleeve.

The album was pressed to compact disc some years later with new artwork (featuring images of Francisco’s childhood), but these too have have become collectors items, with a second-hand one currently for sale on for almost £100! Please, don’t pay that much!  We have recently unearthed a handful of CD copies of Shimmering Harp, which we will be making available for sale shortly!

Please note, the Shimmering Harp album is not available as a digital download, and there are no plans to make it so, as unfortunately it is out of our control.

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