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"San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie was the hymn of the hippie generation and we were very careful not to kill the original feeling of this legendary song. Check the tabs below for more info, audio sample and lyrics.

Single Download: San Francisco - 1 Track
Download Format: zip file with MP3 and M4A (iTunes+ Format)
From Album: California Dreaming

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From Album: California Dreaming
Release Date: 30 Jan 2009
Publisher: MonaLisa Twins
Label: MonaLisa-Records
Download Format: zip file with MP3 and M4A (iTunes+ Format)

 

Original: Scott McKenzie, 1967
Cover Arrangement, Performance, Engineering and Production: MonaLisa Twins
About the Song

"San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie is definitely one of our favorite California-related songs. When we went there in 2008, we chose to shoot a YouTube music video for this song. So we took a trip to San Francisco to get to see all these famous and beautiful places and catch them with our camera.

Fortunately we had a good friend guiding us, and so we managed to do all the shooting in one day. It was sightseeing combined with "work" which is our hobby actually. Although we have to admit that, at the age of 14, it took us quite some courage to play and sing amidst all these tourists at Lombard Street. But people were happy to listen and had lots of fun singing and taking pictures with us. Where else if not in San Francisco is the right place for such adventures?

Back home we recorded our version of this famous hippie anthem, and we really took care not to mess up what for so many people is a sacred piece of music. But we also couldn't resist to give it a little twist by adding great amounts of harmonies to the last chorus while still trying to stay true to the essence of the song. That we got so much great feedback on that made us really happy.
California Dreaming Album Cover San Francisco

If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there

If you're going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you're going to San Francisco
You're gonna meet some gentle people there

For those who come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there
In the streets of San Francisco
Gentle people with flowers in their hair

All across the nation
Such a strange vibration
People in motion
There's a whole generation
With a new explanation
People in motion
People in motion

For those who come to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there

If you come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there

Album: "California Dreaming"
Cover: MonaLisa Twins
Released: Jan 2009
Original: Scott McKenzie, 1967

About Audio Quality
We did extensive listening tests to choose file formats that come very close to CD quality and can get played back on almost any device like your computer, your smart phone, your iPad or your MP3 player. As you might know there is always a trade-off between file size and sound quality when it comes to file compression. We decided to go for quality rather than for file size because modern computers and other devices usually have more than enough space for audio files.

Our File Formats

At last we decided to provide our music in 2 different formats: MP3 (128 kbit/s) and M4A (256 kbit/s)
For those who don’t know, you recognize the file by its ending, the abbreviation after the “.” of the file title. (e.g. title.mp3, title.m4a)
MP3 is the most common audio file. It will work on any MP3 player, iPod, computer and most mobile phones.
M4A is the typical iTunes (Apple) format, which means it works great for iPods and the iTunes players on your computer. We chose the new “iTunes+ (plus)” quality.

In both formats we could hardly hear any difference to the original master but the M4A is technically better. The MP3 format on the other hand is the most compatible and also very close to the original quality.

Format Conversion

If, for some reason, you need a different format, you can either write us or use a program to convert it (just put “ needed format -converter” in your search engine). There are a lot of free programs that will do the job nicely. However, when you convert you should prefer the M4A file as source file because it is technically better and also has a higher streaming rate than the MP3.

As long as you’re using regular equipment and operating systems you should be fine with those two formats. If you are working on an Apple computer or use iTunes as your audio player though we would generally suggest you to use the M4A files.

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