With 1972's Demons And Wizards album, Uriah Heep left behind the faintly anonymous denim and dandruff image of their first three LPs, and embarked upon a voyage into fantasy and mythology that remains the key to both their initial US breakthrough and to their on-going popularity. From its fantastical Roger Dean jacket, through titles like "Rainbow Demon", "The Spell" and the opening "Wizard" itself, Demons And Wizards oozed Middle Earthly imagery and, while Ken Hensley was swift to point out that "there is no magic in it, although the titles would suggest [otherwise]," imagination is a powerful tool, and period Uriah Heep fans were swift to leap aboard the deceit.
In any case, the opening "Wizard" sets a stage that would be difficult to empty. The first single to be lifted from the album - which, in turn, was Uriah Heep's first charting record on either side of the Atlantic - "The Wizard" was a gentle semi-acoustic ballad that recounts a night-time meeting with "a wizard of a thousand kings... he told me tales and he drank my wine." It is only as the song progresses that we realize that the wizard is within us all, the wise "voices in our hearts" that so few people listen to, but which whisper the secrets of happiness and freedom regardless.