California Dreaming – EP (Short Album)

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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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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.

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

Song Tracks & Lyrics:
01   San Francisco (Scott McKenzie)
02   California Dreaming (The Mamas &
The Papas)
03   Hotel California  (The Eagles)

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

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Weight 0.11 kg
Dimensions 14.8 x 12.5 x 1 cm
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  1. One person found this helpful
    Ed Brown

    5 out of 5 A truly wonderful experience

    Ed Brown (verified owner)

    I had first heard these amazing versions of some of my favorite songs on you tube. As always the video production and experience was top notch and extremely well done. It was not until I bought the CD and really listened to the music and the performances that I truly was awed by the vocal and instrumental perfection of the arrangements.
    Lets start with the vocals. Not only do Mona and Lisa capture the essence of what the songs are all about along with the intended feeling, but they bring an innocence and quality that is not evident in the original classics. Their voices blend and harmonize perfectly with the production achieving just the right amount of blend and layering. An extremely strong production indeed!
    But it was the instrumentation that really caught me by surprise. As I was listening to the CD I am looking over the cover to find out who was playing the intro to California Dreaming, who was doing the guitar solo fade out of Hotel California – it certainly had to be studio musicians. How pleasantly surprised I was to learn it was the girls themselves which to me is mind blowing that they were able to do a performance like that so early in their career. Absolutely wonderful talent!
    (And hats off to a terrific sax solo by Michaela in California Dreaming)

    If you are a fan of the music of the 60s and especially the California sound please take my advice and add this CD to your collection right away. it is such an uplifting performance and you will walk away thoroughly enjoying the songs and as with all of their performances a HUGE smile 🙂

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  2. Joe

    Joe

    These are the songs that got me hooked! All it took was for me to find their “California Dreamin” cover by mistake to absolutely fall in love with the Twins’ sound, energy and personality that shines through in the cut scenes so much. I bought “When we’re together” and I just can’t wait for it to get here! Simply breathtaking. Keep up the good work!

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    • NightWatch

      NightWatch (verified owner)

      Though I have had this album CD for quite some time now, I just noticed I missed reviewing it!

      This CD is early MLT material. That wrote, All the covers are done exceptionally well. I love ‘Hotel California’ and the version on the CD is fantastic as is ‘San Francisco’. My favourite on this CD is ‘California Dreaming’ another song I love and MLT cover it passionately and professionally.

      Well done MLT and co.

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  3. Keith

    Keith

    Wow. I am speechless and typeless as well. Firstly I just want to say thank you. For the past week you girls have filled my heart with a happiness that is very difficult to express in words. I have been listening to your California songs constantly for the past week, (actually I have since listened to all of your songs and videos) so if your bandwidth numbers are up and ur processor has been smoking I am sure I had something to do with that. I just cant believe the sound and harmony you have created. It is so beautiful that (if I was not a full grown man I would admit to almost having a tear in my eye while listening, but I am so I don’t!)I cant stop playing your music. Now here is the biggest thing and the reason I am writing to you both. I am an old head. (ask ur dad for definition). I was sitting at the computer and just wanted to hear some music from the greatest music creating era of all time. Stuff I heard when I was a kid. While trying to get a video on You Tube for the Mammas and Pappas California Dreaming, your song showed up in the list. I clicked on it just for the heck of it. I never do this EVER. I am very picky about my music and there are certain songs you should NEVER EVER mess with. Certainly California Dreaming is one of those songs. The Harmony of Cass/Michelle- Denny/John is written in stone. It can not ever be topped and any attempt to mimic it can only fall short of the original therefore worthless to me and not needed. (I feel the same about movies actually. I have never met a #2 or sequel movie that topped the original. I always view the original as the standard and everything else is less) Harsh words? I don’t mean it that way but that’s how I felt. Until I heard ur version. Apparently you girls know exactly what I am talking about because you kept the greatness of the song in tact 100% You instinctively knew not to destroy the original integrety of the song. The emphasis on certain words and exact duplication of the sound was absolutely perfect. The only thing that changed (with this song)was the sound of your voices. And your voices matched or exceeded that of the legendary sound of the Mammas and Pappas. I just sat there and couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. Now I say this with complete honesty and straight from my heart. For the first time in my life I have to say I truly feel that ur version is AT LEAST as good as the original( only “at least” because the Mammas and Pappas were REEEEAly great). But my opinion gets even better because I then decided to listen to ur version of San-Francisco….. This is where I am really speechless. Not only was ur version better than the original, it was sooooooooo much better. It is almost like the song was never done correctly until you girls created its sound. And I take NOTHING away from Scott Mckenzie. His version was excellent. I just never even realized that it could have been improved. You took a part of music history and re-…. re… I wanna say re-born it but that doesnt make sense.. You gave it life again just as if it were brand new. The feeling of the song and everything. You transported it from a moment in time, a moment in history, an era with such heavy emotion attached to it to the current time and, well, “re-born” it.. Hmm, that was deep, sorry, I do in fact have some lingering brain cell issues related to those times but I am still functional for the most part. Anyway,I am a much better/happier person for having experienced your music as it is now a part of my life and will be with me for the rest of my life. I cant thank you enough. Oh,and I know you wont ever do this because I read it on ur site But NEVER NEVER NEVER go to Idol or another competition like that. Thats for talented people that for whatever reason would most likely never make it on their own and their talents end up being, at least in part, a product of the system. Please dont ever do that. The only thing Idol has that you do not have is a studio.. DOH! Wait a second, You DO have a studio! See, no need for Idol. Think about it, if Elton John, Carole King, Mamma Cass, Elvis Presly, David Gilmore, Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills, Nash,and sometimes Y, were on the top 10 on Idol only 1 of them would get a record deal!!!! (If John, Paul, George and Ringo were in that group they would have no choice but to change the rules to 3 record contracts. Sorry Ringo..I feel bad for poor old Ringo, actually I feel worse for Pete Best ha ha) So anyway, whatever is driving you girls(I suspect daddy has a great deal to do with this) I want to see it grow.. Actually I wish you could stay exactly as you are forever but in reality you are, and represent, a “moment in time” One that unfortunately will be gone some day never to be again. (sorry, another affect from that brain cell thing) So you will grow and change, and therefore I also can not wait to hear the music that you will surely be creating in the near future. There is no doubt that you girls will go on to produce some of the most beautiful music of all time and I will be right there to enjoy it. Ok well sorry about the long message. I hope someday you get a chance to read it completely.. Thank you Lisa, Mona and Dad. What great names as well. Genius dad, absolute genius! See Lisa, I put you in front of Mona for once. Sorry Mona no offense but fair is fair(shaking my finger at you). You got to sit in the front all this time now let Lisa have a turn! Hey DAD by the way, what would you have done if Lisa were born first? DOH!! Would have thrown a monkey wrench into ur whole plan huh? ha ha. Hmm. maybe then you would have just…..uh… Nevermind…

    Darn, one more thought. In California Dreaming and San Francisco I could not even recognize that u girls had an accent. Then I heard Hotel Cali-fernia. hehe. Too Friggin cute! (sorry, I didnt mean to giggle like a little girl but…) Your accent comes across so crisp and clear and creates such an extremely sweet sound. I dont know why that is, it just sounds great. I love it!!! And the Guitar playing, HOLY excellent guitar playing Batman!!! Phenomenal!!

    Please keep making music.
    Sincerely,
    Keith

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