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 Lord of the Rings. Like the tracks " Black Sabbath" and "N.I.B.", "The Wizard" was an indication that the band's obsession with evil and black magic seemed to be more than just stereotypical heavy metal posturing because of the suffocating and dim musical atmosphere the band had constructed.
- Ozzy Osbourne – vocals, harmonica
- Tony Iommi – guitar, slide guitar
- Geezer Butler – bass
- Bill Ward – drums
The song was covered live by the Argentine band Rey Onirico on the festival Hit De Road vol. 4 in Matienzo in Nov 2, 2012
The song was sampled by Cypress Hill in We Aint Going Out Like That.
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