Spirit

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Eligible since: 1993 (The 1994 Induction Ceremony)

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When I first heard "Nature's Way" I thoughe it was Jimi Hendrix. Later on I found out Randy California was a protege of Hendrix before Hendrix moved to England. "Nature's Way" came out a couple of months after Hendrix's death. If Hendrix had lived to hear "Nature's Way" he would have been proud of his protege. I bet that Randy & Jimi are playing "Nature's Way" up in heaven. If Jimi's in, why isn't his protege in?

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 01.29.08 @ 11:06am


LZ opened for Spirit on their very first tour. "Taurus" the fourth track on Spirit's debut album has the same chord progression as "Stairway To Heaven" Maybe Page was inspired by Randy California's guitar work.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 05.31.08 @ 22:53pm


Page was "inspired" by a lot of songs he heard, if that's what you'd call it.

Listen to The Chocolate Watchband's "And She's Lonely" starting at the 3-minute mark.

Posted by William on Sunday, 06.1.08 @ 20:09pm


Led Zeppelin was heavily influenced by Spirit and Spirit's instrumental "Taurus" was a major influence for "Stairway to Heaven." Drummer Ed "Mr. Skin" Cassidy also worked with the likes of Thelonious Monk, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal. Interestingly, Spirit was offered the spot right before Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock but were adviser to turn it down. Spirit also combined jazz, hard rock, and psychedelic rock in their music.

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 13:50pm


I'll add that vocalist and guitarist Randy California (who also worked with Chas Chandler from The Animals) would have joined the Jimi Hendrix Experience had his parents not prevented him from joining. Nevertheless, if he had joined, there wouldn't be Spirit and if there wasn't Spirit, who knows how Led Zeppelin would have turned out! Odd how these things happen.

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 14:02pm


Spirit's problem in the late 60's was that their music was undefinable. Was it folk? Was it jazz? Was it psych rock? It just wandered around all these musical circles and as a result the band never was able to connect with a large audience.

The first time I listened to the "12 Dreams" LP was on headphones and the sonic effects and overdubs were amazing. It really was a Sgt. Pepper type of recording. Not many people bought it while they were an active band but over time it has been ranked as one of the greatest LP's of all time. IMO it is a must have for anyone that loves mind bending music with a message and and great singer/songwriting.

Lou Adler of the Mama's and Papas and Carole King fame produced their first 3 records and David Briggs who produced Neil Young's early records produced 12 Dreams. Those were some big time LA producers so Spirit definitely was respected by their record companies to have such good producers.

They were excellent live. Randy California had a sustain tone on some of their songs that no other guitarist could copy. He was able to put short solo's into the confides of short rock songs that really stood out in Spirit's music. Jay Ferguson was an excellent vocalist and John Locke's piano added depth to the Spirit sound.

A short lived group, not enough material to be in the HOF but 12 Dreams and The Family That Plays Together are HOF LP's.

Posted by Ed on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 13:31pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czfI66yQUkk

Maybe nothing Hall of Fame worthy, but Jimmy Page has even admitted to lifting parts of "Taurus" for "Stairway to Heaven". Here's just a comparison video of the two.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 07.19.09 @ 11:08am


Also, "Black Mountain Side" is just an instrumental version of the traditional song "Blackwaterside" which Page was first exposed to by Bert Jansch(albeit since it is a traditional song it's most likely not that big of a deal).

I have heard that the screams had popular in "Immigrant Song" bear some similarities to the horns used in a song by Lucifer's Friend called "Ride the Sky" too(that one I'm not so sure of though).

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 07.19.09 @ 12:30pm


Meant to write made popular not had popular...

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 07.19.09 @ 12:33pm


Wow, Spirit were invited to play Woodstock, but turned down the oppurtunity because they didn't know it was going to be so huge. Bet they have to be kicking themselves now.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 22:08pm




Wow, Spirit were invited to play Woodstock, but turned down the oppurtunity because they didn't know it was going to be so huge. Bet they have to be kicking themselves now.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 22:08pm

A great band saw the lots of times I can say one thing.. they knew how to take a joke and give..
LOL

Posted by mrxtz on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 22:12pm


"Listen to The Chocolate Watchband's "And She's Lonely" starting at the 3-minute mark."

This is an older quote that I just dug up for a question. Does anyone know where I can find that song? Searched youtube, no luck. I'm just curious to see if Zep actually did "borrow" something from that song.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 22:22pm


Dude Man...it's on an album called "One Step Beyond", but it's very hard to find. Rhapsody only offers one album called "Get Away".

I did some additional searching for it, but couldn't find it anywhere...sorry!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 08.16.09 @ 08:50am


"Listen to The Chocolate Watchband's "And She's Lonely" starting at the 3-minute mark."

This is an older quote that I just dug up for a question. Does anyone know where I can find that song? Searched youtube, no luck. I'm just curious to see if Zep actually did "borrow" something from that song.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 08.15.09 @ 22:22pm
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You may be thinking of the Spirit instrumental "Taurus". I believe this is the song that Page lifted for "Stairway to Heaven". I heard somewhere that Page asked the guitarist from Spirit if he could use it, and the guy said yes. Can't really confirm that, however.

Also, somewhere out there is a rumored underground album that has all of Zeppelin's songs w/the originals they swiped from, i.e. "Rock & Roll" followed by Little Richard's "Keep A Knockin'", "Taurus" followed by "Stairway". Don't know how you could get your hands on it, though.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 08.16.09 @ 08:51am


With "Taurus" (which I do have in my file), Jimmy Page would've had to get permission or he would've gotten his socks sued off!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 08.16.09 @ 09:25am


No, Cheese I already knew about "Tauras". If you didn't notice I even posted the comparison video of the two up top.

Somebody(William) said Page was influenced by this Chocolate Watchband song which I can't find.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 08.16.09 @ 12:51pm


I like "Fresh Garbage" !

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 08.16.09 @ 12:53pm


Page was "inspired" by a lot of songs he heard, if that's what you'd call it.

Listen to The Chocolate Watchband's "And She's Lonely" starting at the 3-minute mark.

Posted by William on Sunday, 06.1.08 @ 20:09pm

Everybody and their mother knows about the accusation that Page lifted "Taurus" from Spirit for use in "Stairway to Heaven." However, I've never heard of this particular accusation, as a big fan of the Chocolate Watchband, I thought I'd post the link here for comparisons sake.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 03.29.11 @ 13:43pm


Well it would have helped if I actually attached the link, DUH!!!

Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Noxzn3RJjn4

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 03.29.11 @ 13:45pm


RIP JACK
One heck of a drummer.. More leaving ..Does trhis mean someething?

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 08:46am


I ment ED CASSIDY Sorry heart in right place RIP
..... I wonder what is going on ?

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 12.22.12 @ 08:56am


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/10-best-spirit-songs-that-dont-sound-like-zeps-stairway-to-heaven-20140520#ixzz32JP1BUOY

10 Best Spirit Songs That Don't Sound Like Zep's 'Stairway to Heaven'

The L.A. psych-rockers should be remembered for more than just one infamous soundalike

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 05.20.14 @ 22:11pm


As you might have heard, Spirit are suing Led Zeppelin over "Stairway to Heaven" sounding like the intro to their cut "Taurus." The band was a major part of the Los Angeles psychedelic rock scene in the late Sixties, and should be remembered for reasons other than an alleged act of plagiarism. Click through for 10 of the band's songs that are good enough to steal.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 05.20.14 @ 22:15pm


No doubt they should be in. A most innovative and influential group

Posted by realgreecer on Saturday, 09.27.14 @ 18:55pm


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/who-were-spirit-the-band-from-led-zeppelins-stairway-trial-20160610#ixzz4Bj6IVwJK

Who Were Spirit, the Band From Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway' Trial?

Beyond the now-infamous "Taurus," there was much more to this inventive L.A. psych-rock act

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 06.16.16 @ 03:48am


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