The Wizard (Black Sabbath song)
Cover artwork for the single, as used in the Netherlands
|Single by Black Sabbath|
|from the album Black Sabbath|
|Released||13 February 1970|
|Genre||Heavy metal, blues rock|
|Length||4:21 David Wells review
4:24 European edition
4:22 North American edition
4:24 2009 deluxe edition
4:46 2009 deluxe edition (studio outtake)
Warner Bros. (US)
|Black Sabbath singles chronology|
"The Wizard" is a song by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, taken from their 1970 album Black Sabbath. It is the second track on the record. The song was composed by all four members of the group and was produced by Rodger Bain."The Wizard" was the B side to the title track of the band's second album Paranoid.
"The Wizard" is about a wizard who uses his magic to encourage people he encounters. It was also meant to be about their drug dealer at the time. The song was also inspired by the character of Gandalf from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
- Ozzy Osbourne – vocals, harmonica
- Tony Iommi – guitar, slide guitar
- Geezer Butler – bass
- Bill Ward – drums
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