'I've got a fever, and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL ' Decades before Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell's hilarious ode to "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" on Saturday Night Live, Agents Of Fortune already obtained classic Rock status. The hit song is just one of the wonderful tunes on Blue Öyster Cult's fifth album from 1976.
The band called in the help of Patti Smith on "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini", and delivered a high charting album (#29 on the Billboard 200 and "The Reaper" made it to the twelfth spot on the singles Charts). This record rocks 'n thunders, with a sensual boogie permeating these 10 great tracks.
On their first three albums, Blue Oyster Cult perfected a brand of thinking man's riff-rock that stood out against the typical heavy metal fare of the early 70s. One thing they hadn't done was to write a song that would attract mainstream attention. This was accomplished with '(Don't Fear) the Reaper' from Agents of Fortune. With its timeless riff, sublime vocals and effortless energy, 'Reaper' is probably the band's greatest hit. The problem with having such a song on your record is that it tends to make the rest of the songs sound mediocre. But there is more to like about this album than just that one track.
On songs like 'This Ain't the Summer of Love', 'E.T.I.' and 'Tattoo Vampire' they added more solid heavy rock to their collection, while 'True Confessions', 'Morning Final' and 'Debbie Denise' float along a more subtle, melodic vein. Patti Smith's vocals on the haunting 'Revenge of Vera Gemini' are another album highlight. The album as a whole sounds a little lighter and more "pop" than the first three, but in general it's faithful to the Blue Oyster Cult aesthetic established to that point. Suffice to say, Agents of Fortune is one of the essential Blue Oyster Cult albums.
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1. This Aint The Summer Of Love
2. True Confessions
3. (Dont Fear) The Reaper
4. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
5. The Revenge Of Vera Gemini
1. Sinful Love
2. Tattoo Vampire
3. Morning Final
5. Debbie Denise