Ken Hensley — The Wizard’s Diary Vol. 1 (2004)

In the summer of 2004 Ken spent six weeks in Moscow working at Petrostudio on the first of three (as it was planned) CDs that should be released as a series of his «Anthology». He worked with Russian musicians and recorded new versions of 12 songs from Uriah Heep’s repertoire.

«The Wizard’s Diary Vol. 1» was released in 2005 by Horsepower Records (the release date of the album specified at Ken Hensley’s website is 2004).

Five tracks («The Wizard», «Rain», «Lady In Black», «Free Me» and «July Morning») were recorded with Presidential Orchestra of Russia.

The album was released in two versions. “Special Limited Edition — The Wizard’s Diary Box Set” included additional materials: a DVD with a documentary on Ken’s in Moscow studio, a MTV interview, «Free Me» video, as well as archival video of Ken Hensley playing with Uriah Heep in St. Louis, June 11, 1990.

Track list:

  1. The Wizard 3:01
  2. Illusion 5:06
  3. Circle Of Hands 6:24
  4. Rain 3:45
  5. Weep In Silence 5:25
  6. Feelings 4:42
  7. Sweet Freedom 6:44
  8. Lady In Black 8:01
  9. Free Me 4:13
  10. July Morning 8:29
  11. Stealin’ 8:23
  12. Easy Livin’ 2:41


  • Ken Hensley — ead & harmony vocals, electric, acoustic & rhythm guitars, slide solos, organ, synthesizer, piano, Moog, tambourine & cowbell
  • Igor Kozhin — guitar solos
  • Vadim Nazarov — acoustic & electric piano
  • Alexey Ostashev — bass guitar
  • Andrey Shatunovsky — drums.

Backing vocals — Irina Rodilez, Raisa Saed-Shakh, Andrey Kolchugin & Oleg Kozura.

Producer — Ken Hensley
Executive producers — Eugene Koltunov & Gleb Nossyrev
Engineer — Alexander Barmakov
Mixing — Tommy Lopez (T-Loop Studios, Alicante, Spain)
Mastering — Robert Flash and Tommy Lopez (The Basement).

Design — Pavel Semenov (Nine Design).

Ken Hensley’s interview about working on “The Wizard’s Diary”: Russian version.

Author: Elena Stepanova

This post is also available in: Russian

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