While Uriah Heep is primarily known for the song “Easy Livin'” from their landmark album “Demons and Wizards”, its opening track “The Wizard” has always been my all-time favorite by the band.
It popped up on my randomizer a short while back, and I immediately realized it would be great cover material. As I went along with the production process, adding my own touches as I always do, it turned out to be quite a bit more work than I’d anticipated. Then again, they always are.
In the end, it was an extremely satisfying project. I certainly hope you’ll enjoy it as well.
Words and Music by Mark Clarke and Ken Hensley
He was the Wizard of a thousand kings And I chanced to meet him one night wandering He told me tales and he drank my wine Me and my magic man, kinda feeling fine He had a cloak of gold and eyes of fire And as he spoke, I felt a deep desire To free the world of its fear and pain And help the people to feel free again Why don't we listen to the Voices in our hearts? 'Cause then I know we'd find We're not so far apart Everybody's got to be happy Everyone should sing For we know the joy of life Peace and love can bring So spoke the Wizard In his mountain home The vision of his wisdom Means we'll never be alone And I will dream of my magic night And the million silver stars That guide me with their light
This cover a tribute to my lost Brother, Art Horning, who first introduced me to Uriah Heep along with uncountable other artists during my early days. He was by no means a musician, but most definitely an absolute music aficionado.
A gentle giant and kinder soul you’ll never find… Rest in peace my dear friend, you’re sorely missed by all.
- Arrangements, all instruments and vocals by Craig Guerrieri.
- Recorded, mixed and mastered by Craig Guerrieri at Cygnus Studios, Florida, USA. ©2020.
- Featured image artwork by Roger Dean.
- Peavey DW-3 acoustic guitar
- Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar (effects by AZOR)
- Fender Jazz bass guitar
- KORG MS-20 analog synthesizer
- Yamaha MX49 digital synthesizer
- DW Drums with Zildjian, Paiste and Wuhan cymbals
- Additional percussion by Treeworks
- Wizard narration and magic spells by, The Wizard!
Studio Engineering: Technical
- DAW: REAPER
- A/D Interfaces: Behringer UMC1820 and ADA8200
- Microphones: R0DE, Sennheiser, Carvin, CAD
- Amplification: Line 6, Carvin
A note regarding tablature: Although what I produce are 99% covers, I almost always wind up having to write my own tab since what I usually find on the web is either simply flat-out incorrect, or written in the wrong key or tuning.
That said, most people don’t realize that performing covers very often does actually involve writing music, in order to get it right.
This song actually uses Drop-C guitar tuning which gives it that powerful sound, similar to metal bands using other analogous tunings such as Drop-D, for a likewise kick-ass effect.
Of course, the layman need not concern themselves with understanding any of these nuances, except for the fact Drop-C sounds really fucking cool!