The Wizard (Black Sabbath song)

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"The Wizard"
Cover artwork for the single, as used in the Netherlands
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Black Sabbath
Released 13 February 1970 (1970-02-13)
Genre Heavy metal, blues rock[1]
Length 4:24 album version
4:46 studio outtake
Label Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Writer(s) Butler/Iommi/Osbourne/Ward
Producer(s) Rodger Bain
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Evil Woman"
"The Wizard"
Black Sabbath track listing
"Black Sabbath"
"The Wizard"
"Behind the Wall of Sleep"
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"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.[2]



The song was covered by Rob Halford's band Bullring Brummies for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black.[4]

The song was covered by Zakk Wylde's band Pride and Glory on the second disc of the reissue of Pride and Glory. Wylde had also been a member of Ozzy Osbourne's solo band at the time.

The song has been covered live by the American jam band moe. with accompaniment from the Conehead Buddha horns.[5]

The song was covered by New Zealand rock/metal band Shihad on their debut album Devolve.


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  2. ^ Neeley, Sir Wendell (April 2005), 20 Questions with Geezer Butler, Metal Sludge 26 April 2005, retrieved 27 June 2014 
  3. ^ "Black Sabbath (album) review". Rolling Stone. 
  4. ^ Parisien, Roch, Nativity in BlackReview, Allmusic, retrieved 15 July 2011 
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