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    Posted: February 17 2006 at 19:02

Spirit released Cold Wind on Clear Spirit album in July 1969, Bill Withers EPIC classic "Lean on Me" came out in 71!!!

That simple ba da da da, da da da da (ill help you carrrrayyy onnnnn), you know? Spirit used it FIRST and COld Wind is a better song also!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 22 2006 at 01:11

 

         I went and listened to "Cold Wind" on "Clear", and there is a VERY similar melody line there!!!

         That makes TWO major song rip-off's of Spirit songs.  The other one is much more famous, and is mentioned in the liner notes of the remastered reissue of the first Spirit album (S/T); the song "Taurus" was ripped off by none other than Led Zep on "Stairway To Heaven"!!!  Turns out that Led Zep opened for Spirit on LZ's first national tour, and in fact covered yet another Spirit song (Fresh Garbage, I think) in their early live shows.  Spirit members recall Page and Plant standing in front of the stage as Spirit played, no doubt writing down chord progressions to be pilfered later.  This has been mentioned by many different sources over the years, so it's likely true; just listen to the first few acoustic guitar notes of "Taurus"...

 

 

 

                                                                      

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 22 2006 at 03:08

^^^^^

Taurus has only inspired the first twenty seconds of Stairway

Can't really say it is a rip-off

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