Lorri zimmerman


Zimmerman, Lorri - ST

Format: LP
Label: Crescent Street CS 1863
Year: 1969
Origin: Montréal, Québec
Genre: rock, folk, psych
Value of Original Title: $100.00
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Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: Quebec, 1960's, Canadian Psych, Canadian Folk


Side 1

Track Name
Don’t Twist My Mind
You’re the One
Bidin’ My Time
Just to Say Goodbye

Side 2

Track Name
Theme for an Imaginary Western
'Cause the World is Mine
Paint Me a Picture
Love Me, Love My Children
Children of the Universe



Lori Zimmerman - ST

Lorri zimmerman



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Zimmerman was a member of Life, but she left before they recorded their album. She opted instead to record this solo LP. It’s a completely terrific album, one of the very best 60's rock albums by a female singer. Zimmerman has a voice that’s alternately powerful and affecting; she’s as suited to folk-rockers like “Paint Me A Picture” as she is to tougher rock like “Bidin’ My Time.” The latter is an appropriate metaphor for her singing style, as she hits the high notes and brings on the power exactly when it’s needed most. The arrangement of these songs, and her timing as a singer, is ace. She’s not a songwriter, but the majority of these excellent songs were written by her collaborators, so there’s a feeling of consistency and comfort. Some of the guitar playing will hit the right spots for psych heads, but mostly this is just great unpretentious rock and roll without much experimentation. Needless to say, highly recommended."
-Aaron Milenski

Lori went on to form Toulousse with Heather Gauthier and Judi Richards.

One of the lesser-known femme-psych singers, Lorri Zimmerman got her start when she auditioned for a TV talent show called "The Like Young" and was extended an invitation to participate in an album the show released featuring several of the performers. Two years later, in 1968, Lorri met up with a band called The Munks and the members performed under the moniker Sweet Loraine & The Munks for nearly a year before going their separate ways. She soon joined up with Life, a Montreal-based psychedelic band on Polydor that had some chart success with their single "Hands Of The Clock." In 1969, the group disbanded and Zimmerman began making some demos for music publishers Chappell & Co. Ltd., which led to the recording of her only solo album for Crescent City, an obscure underground pop/rock record (with elements of psych) that remained an underground gem until it was reissued by Fallout Records in 2007.

Having sung with Canadian hippie rockers Life, this superb vocalist recorded her only solo album alternating between tender ballads and psych-tinged rock and roll, it's a consistently strong set that has long been a well-kept secret amongst connoisseurs of underground music. Lorri went on to tour as a backing singer for Leonard Cohen, before forming pop-rockers Toulouse (2) in the mid-'70s—but it's this rare album that best showcases her powerful, affecting voice.


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