Про Child in Time
При работе над композицией в 1969 году участники, по собственному признанию, отчасти заимствовали мелодию у «Bombay Calling», песни группы It's a Beautiful Day (там она велась скрипками и в более быстром темпе). В автобиографии 2002 года Иэн Гиллан ещё раз признал этот факт, но отметил, что It’s a Beautiful Day «вернули комплимент», точно таким же образом поступив с «Wring That Neck» («на основе» её создав собственную инструментальную композицию «Don and Dewey» из альбома 1970 года Marrying Maiden).
A main part of this song was used by Deep Purple as the basis for their song "Child in Time". (Bombay Calling was recorded in 1969, Child in Time in 1970). Look at this interview with Ian Gillan - http://deep-purple.net/Review-files/asia2002/mumbai-gillan-interview.htm. On the other side, It's a Beautiful Day borrowed "Wring That Neck" to make "Don and Dewey".:)
Deep purple aren't trying to hide that this inspired them to create Child in Time: "Written by the band in 1969, it is said by the band members themselves to have been inspired by a riff featured in a song by Purple contemporaries It’s a Beautiful Day, called 'Bombay Calling'. The riff was played on violins and very much faster in tempo."
The song is in fact even older than 1969, it was originally recorded by one of these guys while he was in a band called The Orkustra in 1966/1967, in a way different but recognisable version. The Orkustra was led by a guy that later joined Charles Manson and murdered some people, currently serving a life sentence.
I also heard "Sweet Child in Time" when I heard this. I have never heard this before. I do know that there were a LOT of British bands that thought nothinng of stealing from american artists, i.e. Zeppelin, Cream, Yardbirds, etc.,etc.
Yep, this is where Deep Purple got the riff for Child In Time from as they have frequently acknowledged. I believe It's A Beautiful Day returned the compliment by recording a track based on one of Deep Purple's songs.