Agents of Fortune

Agents of Fortune

Music CD - 1976
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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Columbia, p1976, c2001.
Branch Call Number: CD MA BLU
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in.


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AGENTS OF FORTUNE is Blue Öyster Cult's breakthrough platinum album. Released in May of 1976 it featured the Billboard 100 smash hit "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," written and sung by the BÖC lead guitarist Buck Dharma. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" was ubiquitous in the last half of the 1970s. If you were in junior high school at the time, as I was, it was ambient. For instance, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" was in the franchise-creating 1978 John Carpenter film, HALLOWEEN. What is interesting about a band like Blue Öyster Cult is how it spans both lowbrow and highbrow rock culture. Rock-critic sophisticate Richard Meltzer was a BÖC lyricist, as was Punk progenitor Patti Smith. Smith co-wrote and sings on "The Revenge of Vera Gemini," the final track on side one of AGENTS OF FORTUNE. If one watches video of BÖC from 1976, a time when AGENTS OF FORTUNE is making its run up the charts, one realizes that the band is primarily a prog rock outfit with a nod here and there to what would come to be more commonly known as "heavy metal."

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