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Blue Öyster Cult: Agents of Fortune

Album Reviews:

Q (8/94, p.118) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...AGENTS OF FORTUNE contained the all-time classic `(Don't Fear) The Reaper'....the album remains the band's most durable..."

Q (8/94, p.118) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...AGENTS OF FORTUNE contained the all-time classic `(Don't Fear) The Reaper'....the album remains the band's most durable..."

Uncut (8/01, p.96) - 3 1/2 stars out 5 - "...[A] genre classic..."

Uncut (8/01, p.96) - 3 1/2 stars out 5 - "...[A] genre classic..."

Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.122) - "...This record still sounds great....The bonus tracks are fascinating....you've got an evening's worth of air-guitar nostalgia. Special."

Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.122) - "...This record still sounds great....The bonus tracks are fascinating....you've got an evening's worth of air-guitar nostalgia. Special."

Album Notes

Blue Oyster Cult: Albert Bouchard (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, drums, percussion); Allen Lanier (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass); Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, percussion); Eric Bloom (vocals, guitar, percussion); Joe Bouchard (vocals, piano, bass). .

Additional Personnel: Patti Smith (vocals); The Brecker Brothers (horns).

Producers: Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, David Lucas.

Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, New York in 1975 & 1976. Originally released on Columbia (34164). Includes liner notes by Lenny Kaye.

Feted by heavy metal fans, this was a much broader album that put them in touch with AOR radio, and consequently took them out of their heavy rock ghetto. The ace in their tarot pack was the entrancing and enchanting "Don't Fear The Reaper" - the greatest song that the original Byrds never wrote. Flowing and chiming it put the band in the pop charts with a song of rare quality and consequently pushed this album's sales. The other tracks struggle to compete with the Reaper, but there are moments, especially with "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini," on which Patti Smith narrates.



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