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Stushie to Heaven

Jack Campin 15 Apr 16 - 02:41 PM
michaelr 16 Apr 16 - 02:42 PM
punkfolkrocker 16 Apr 16 - 02:58 PM
Jack Campin 16 Apr 16 - 03:38 PM
punkfolkrocker 16 Apr 16 - 04:11 PM
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Subject: Stushie to Heaven
From: Jack Campin
Date: 15 Apr 16 - 02:41 PM

Dispute over plagiarism in Stairway to Heaven:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27497950

However. I got this from my friend Sam Waylen yesterday, he was going to send it to the press:

I note with mischievous glee the legal dispute taking place between these two bands.

With glee because I believe that the fact is, the arpeggiated chord sequence in question pre-dates BOTH bands.

Veteran Jazz fans may remember that in the late Fifties, there was a version of the spiritual "Motherless Child" in which the backing guitarist  featured this four chord sequence behind the vocals, which Spirit themselves may be said to have, at least unwittingly, borrowed the idea from.

I doubt whether "Jazzers" have been following this argument between a Heavy Metal band and a Psychedelic Rock band, but I would reckon that if you offered this information to them, there would be a fair few who, after giving either recording the most cursory appraisal could place the identity of the guitarist, the singer, and too, more essentially, for legal purposes the date of, what I am asserting, may well be the first recording of these chords in the non-Classical genre.


Anyone know what version of "Motherless Child" he remembers? Obviously not Louis Armstrong's.


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Subject: RE: Stushie to Heaven
From: michaelr
Date: 16 Apr 16 - 02:42 PM

Spirit toured with Led Zeppelin and performed "Taurus" live, some years before "Stairway" was recorded. Nor just the opening Am figure but the whole sound and feel of that intro is remarkably similar. Draw your own conclusions.


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Subject: RE: Stushie to Heaven
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 16 Apr 16 - 02:58 PM

This fairly obvious relationship has been openly commented on for many years,
so who's suddenly developed big dollar signs in their eyes apart from the lawyers..?????


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Subject: RE: Stushie to Heaven
From: Jack Campin
Date: 16 Apr 16 - 03:38 PM

Possibly Spirit's lawyers took on a new partner who was keen to make an impression and persuaded the client they could win.

Anyway, if Sam is right they're not going to. Doesn't that suggestion ring any bells?


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Subject: RE: Stushie to Heaven
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 16 Apr 16 - 04:11 PM

..oddly enough.. pure coincidence.. earlier in the week I was humming an old pre war standard
- maybe from one of the 1930s hollywood movies..
and the opening lines fitted very comfortably over the intro to "stairway"..

It amused me imagining a mash up track..

But buggered if I can remember the song now...???


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