It’s been over 50 years since the band Spirit released “Taurus” which is a short orchestrated introductory musical piece. For over 7 years now, the Randy California estate owners have been involved in a law suit that names Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to heaven as music that was derived from the Spirit tune.
I’ve read dozens of comments on Youtube and other sites, and Led Zeppelin lovers seem to get very angry over this. Spirit lovers don’t say much. I can understand why they don’t because I love the old Spirit music and I’m lucky to have several of the old LP’s. Spirit is mellow, it’s moving, most of their music is a sophisticated mixture of Rock N’ Roll and Jazz elements, and all of it is in a sense – Spiritual.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Zeppelin, but I also have read about numerous similar law-suits involving Zeppelin.
Does this mean they stole Spirits work?
Actually, I really don’t think Zeppelin stole their music. And if they did anything more than be inspired, well I guess the courts will decide if a writing credit or money will be the fix. Before I lose your patience…I’ll post the best comparison I could find on Youtube herein in a just Four Chords or so…
But first, I have to say that I think the reason this lawsuit is happening is simply to give Randy California credit. Credit for being a great writer who is sometimes lost and forgotten in a sea of top forty favorites and classic oldies like Led Zeppelin.
It’s my opinion that sandy-toed Californian’s who were part of Randy California’s laid back lifestyle cherish the memories. And I’m guessing that they want Randy to be respected and loved for his accomplishments. And so…the reasons for the legal action.
Okay, now for a video/musical clip, this one unfortunately has an opinionated title by the author. Sorry I can’t control Youtube. I’ll try to find a better video comparison.