Mystery Of Life
(D & J Lonmon/Lionel Bastos)
Something Happened To Us (Along The Way) (G Worth/B Watson)
Love Is A Weapon (Dennis East/Marc Bentel)
Never Say Never (R Barron/D Cromwell)
Whenever I Need Somebody (Marc Bentel/Johnny Brunette)
Love's A Bitch (D & J Lonmon/Marc Bentel/Lionel Bastos)
Verge Of Love (D & J Lonmon/Marc Bentel)
Never Knew A Good Thing (D & J Lonmon/Marc Bentel)
When The Sun Goes Down (D & J Lonmon/Lionel Bastos)
Perfect Thing (D & J Lonmon/Marc Bentel)
The Wrong Way Round (D & J Lonmon/Marc Bentel)
Mystery Of Life
(unplugged) (D & J Lonmon/Lionel Bastos)
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Jenni Lonmon: vocals
Debbi Lonmon: bass, vocals
Wally Cullis: drums
Denny Lalouette: bass
Robin Walsh: guitar
Mauritz Lotz: guitar
Marc Bentel: keyboards
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 produced by Mike Flicker and production assistant Dennis East.
Tracks 6, 7, 9 and 11 produced by Mike Flicker and Dennis East.
All songs arranged by Mike Flicker, Dennis East and Little Sister.
All tracks engineered by Mike Flicker assisted by Sam Wingate.
Recorded at the Audio lab, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Recorded and mixed at Bop Studios, Mmbatho, Bophutatswana, South Africa.
15 July 1993, Gallo, CDGMP 40366
Strutterzine, December 1999
The third album 'Along the way' of the South African sister duo LITTLE SISTER
was released way back in 1993. A shame it didn't get any attention of the AOR
press back then, because this album really is a fantastic female fronted AOR
rockalbum. But we all have to remember that back then the AOR scene was almost
dead, so it was hard for an AOR record to get at least some attention. Now that
everything is coming back again, I am sure many AOR fans will be interested in
knowing about this album of LITTLE SISTER.
'Along the way' is a wonderful record that can easily be compared to the likes
of SARAYA, HEART, VIXEN, LAOS, DANTE FOX and the first two TONE NORUM albums.
This album is filled with first-class female fronted AOR/Melodic Rock from a
very high level, no wonder LITTLE SISTER is one of the top bands in their
homeland. Mike Flicker (HEART) and Dennis East produced the album 'Along the
I was surprised to see the name DENNIS EAST popping up, because this guy sang
in the AOR/Pomprockband STINGRAY in the late seventies and released two great
LPs of which the debut contained some of the best AOR/Pomp ever written! I
still remember the song "Lovesaver" of the debut album of STINGRAY, this song
was so incredible catchy, probably one of the best songs ever written! Anyway,
I have been wondering all my life whatever happened to Dennis East and now I
see his name appearing on a record by a band called LITTLE SISTER. And this
album is also very good, so this DENNIS EAST guy is kind of an AOR magician. I
would love to interview the guy someday and ask him about the time with
STINGRAY and whatever happened to them.
Anyway, back to this LITTLE SISTER record which starts rather dull with the
song "Mystery of life", a poppish song like WILSON PHILLIPS. But from the next
track on till the end of the CD it is pure AOR in the best 80s tradition of
bands like HEART, WITNESS, SARAYA... "Something happened to us (along the way)"
is a wonderful midtempo AOR track that is totally 80s HEART. "Love is a weapon"
is one of the band's major hits in South Africa. This song is a great Melodic
AOR Rocker that is sounding very much like SARAYA.
Next track "Never say never" is totally awesome pure AOR! The song is midtempo
AOR with lovely hooklines, brilliant vocals of the girls and a classy 80s AOR
chorus. This fantastic song sounds huge and comes close in style to 80s HEART,
DANTE FOX and WITNESS. Following track "Whenever I need somebody" is a good AOR
rocker that is a little in the style of the first two albums of TONE NORUM.
"Love's a bitch" follows and is another good uptempo AOR rocker that sounds
like a cross between WITNESS and DARBY MILLS.
Next up is "Verge of love" which is good midtempo melodic rock a la SARAYA.
Then comes "Never know a good thing till it's gone", a slowtempo semi AOR
ballad like HEART, although the sound of the song does also has a lot of
resemblance with ALLANAH MYLES' major hit "Black velvet". Anyway, this is a
great song, just like the rest of the CD.
After so many wonderful pure AOR/Melodic Rocksongs, the CD gets a little weaker
towards the end of the CD with songs like "When the sun goes down", "Perfect
thing" and "Wrong way round". These songs are nice rockers, but nothing special
if compared to the other AOR oriented songs of the CD. The album finishes off
with an unplugged version of the opening tune "Mystery of life" which is the
only real weak song on the album. If you skip the first track, then you get a
truly superb AOR/Melodic Rockalbum that is a must for fans of acts like
WITNESS, DEVAY, SARAYA, 80s HEART, VIXEN...
It all began in 1993, when Little Sister signed a recording deal with Gallo
Music Productions. On the 15th of May a top producer from the USA, Michael
Flicker jetted into South Africa to produce the brand new album.
'Along the Way' was born at the renowned Bop Studios and the album features
twelve hit tracks, appealing to both local and international markets. According
to Debbi and Jenni Lonmon "Acoustically 'Along the Way' is our best album yet,
we have grown as musicians and songwriters and are ready to conquer the world."
All songs are arranged by Mike Flicker and Little Sister. For the first time
ever, Little Sister boast a fully fledged rhythm section, with a sixth member
included into the band.
"I have been approached by many female fronted pop/rock groups in the past and
up to this point have abstained from any participation. Nothing I have heard or
seen to date ever moved me to the extent that "Heart" did, so I have declined
the offers. Aside from the obvious balance between the Lonmon Sisters and the
Wilson Sisters, I feel that Little Sister has a unique, youthful, 90's approach
(especially in their vocal styling), to basic street level rock and roll that I
feel gives them the potential to be a powerful influence in the international
pop/rock market place."
-- Mike Flicker, 1993