But what would Page & Plant say about track #5, hmmm?
By Uncle Blurt
Always a fan of Cali cult-hero outfit Spirit, and in particular Randy California (who I was fortunate enough to talk to all those years ago), I’ve been following the current court fight in England between Randy’s estate and Led Zeppelin pretty closely. It went to the jury yesterday, June 22, and I can’t predict how it will turn out. But there’s no question that, no matter how it does wrap up, Randy’s early composition “Taurus,” which predates Zep’s “Stairway to Heaven,” is eerily similar to the iconic song.
In honor of Randy, allow me to direct your attention to a pretty spiffy audience recording of the original Spirit combo performing live in Santa Monica.
It’s a pretty decent audience recording, currently posted at the most excellent Big O Zine, and before you ask, yes, it does feature the band performing “Taurus.” Enjoy.