California Dreaming – EP (Short Album)


This short album (EP) “California Dreaming” features the three California-related songs “California Dreaming”, “San Francisco” and “Hotel California” which got recorded to coincide with a vacation to the USA where the MonaLisa Twins filmed the music clips for them. Check the tabs below for more info, the videos and lyrics.

Album Name: California Dreaming
Album Type: EP (Short Album) – 3 Tracks
Release Date: 30 Jan 2009
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Waino W Waisanen
10 months ago

I really liked the videos of all three songs on Youtube so I bought this as a Christmas treat for myself. A lot of effort was put into this album. Even the packing slip was done up in a Christmas theme! The mp-3s have a nice sound that indicates good production quality. I might just order the Orange album when I need another musical treat.

Joseph Manzi
1 year ago

It’s an excellent CD, with only three songs on it. The Twins do a great rendition of California Dreaming that blew me away. San Francisco and Hotel California I really was surprise with their performance.
I did not hear these until I got the cd. Great singing on all the cuts along with great guitars Lead and Rhythm. The amazing thing is they were so young and the talent was just blossoming.

John Biggs
1 year ago

It’s hard to improve on a great song, but the Twins have managed to add their musical magic to each song to actually make it better!! IMHO

Lance Kirtley
1 year ago

I’ll start with the title track, ad keep it short and sweet. I’m really not much on covers (especially Beatle covers, but more on that another time) but I gotta admit, THIS track is every bit as good as, if not BETTER (and I’m betting on “Better”) than the original. The mature harmonies these girls provide are nothing short of awesome!! Hotel California is great, while San Francisco makes the original sound more depressing than it is, anyway. Mona and Lisa’s voices, even at a young age, are like a banjo – you just CAN’T be depressed with them.

Robert Fendt
1 year ago

MonaLisa Twins never never disappoint with their song choices coupled being multi talented musicians with superb voices. California Dreaming EP amazing. Brilliant x

John Turnbull
1 year ago

This CD ouse quality, superb harmonies, muscianship, emotion, so evocative of the era. I came across MLT by accident on YouTube searching for San Francisco covers, what a find and at such a tender age. Subscribed to their channel immediately. There video’s and live performances are incredible.

William Hauslein
1 year ago

First class performances of “California Dreaming”, and “San Francisco”, but even better guitar work on “Hotel California”. You were 14 years old? Amazing! I’ve seen the Eagles video and it looks complicated for them.
Why was the guitar solo ended prematurely?

Howard Bedwell
2 years ago

This is the final missing link to my MLT CD collection. I now have all of their CDs, their DVD, and the vinyl version of their ‘Orange’ album. After being a member of the MLT Club since its opening, I can promise that yes, they are just as adorable as the image on the cover of the ‘Californian Dreaming’ EP suggests. Within the CD itself, the quality of the music and vocals is just perfect and exquisitely delightful. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favour and check out the equally brilliant videos available on YouTube.

Dave Coy
2 years ago

Your music, simply put, makes me happy!!! I feel 16 again….I just feel like every song I listen to, every video I watch takes me to a very very happy wonderful place.

I thank everyone that helped Mona and Lisa get to where they are….I love you all!!! “love is all you need!!!!”

2 years ago

Great harmonies and wonderful arrangement.
If you love good music you will love this album.



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San Francisco (Scott McKenzie)


California Dreaming (The Mamas & The Papas)


Hotel California  (The Eagles)

About the Album

The MonaLisa Twins got the idea of covering those three songs when they planned a trip to the States. As they love the Californian "Live and let live" way of life, these covers were intended to be a tribute to California and its people in particular.

“We also wanted to use the beauty of this fabulous part of America to make videos for YouTube which we shot in Los Angeles, San Francisco and their surroundings. Only the "All the leaves are brown ..." parts were saved for Austria where we originally come from. For all the songs we filmed the footage first and recorded the music later in our studio.”

“We put all our effort and time into making these tracks as good as we possibly could. It was quite challenging to cover such classic pieces of music history that everybody loves. We knew people would hate to see us mess around with these songs and not catching the original feeling. All of them are kind of hymns for a whole generation. But YouTube views suggest that we did a fairly good job since the reactions were great and people seem to like our versions of these classics.”

At the time the Twins were only 14 years old and it was their first "studio only" project. Being in their father’s professional recording studio they were able to try out whatever they wanted and had endless opportunities for sound and recording. It’s been their first steps to learn more about professional studio production and recording.

Cover Arrangement, Performance, Engineering, Production and Album Design/Photos: MonaLisa Twins

Album Name: California Dreaming
Album Type: EP (Short Album) - 3 Tracks
Release Date: 30 Jan 2009

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