Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Blue Oyster Cult- Agents of Fortune

When I first heard of the band Blue Oyster Cult, it was in the religious world where everyone there was describing them as Satanic. The name Blue Oyster Cult gives the impression that if you listen to any of their albums, you will immediately start sacrificing chickens, goats and virgins on the altar of Beelezebub. Of course, it doesn’t help when the first big single is entitled, “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” but it was that song that got me listening to them. Although Blue Oyster Cult have a number of other singles and many great albums, it is this song which the rock and metal world identify them with. Proof of this is I have a number of rock compilation albums and the song appears on at least three of them.

Although “Don’t Fear the Reaper” is the song that thrust the band and this album, “Agents of Fortune” into the spotlight, the entire album is brilliant and puts Blue Oyster Cult into the category of one of the great metal influences. Songs like “Extra Terrestrial Intelligence” and “Tattoo Vampire” also make the album great. In fact, all of the songs in my metal opinion make this album.

Track Listing:

1. This Ain’t the Summer of Love

2. True Confessions

3. Don’t Fear the Reaper

4. Extra Terrestrial Intelligence

5. The Revenge of Vera Gemini

6. Sinful Love

7. Tatto Vampire

8. Morning Final

9. Tenderloin

10. Debbie Denise 

Blue Oyster Cult:

Eric Bloom- guitar, percussion, vocals

Albert Bouchard- drums, percussion, harmonica, vocals

Donald “Buck Dharma” Roesser- guitar, synthesiser, vocals

Joe Bouchard- bass, piano, vocals

Alan Lanier- guitars, keyboards, bass, vocals

Apart from great albums such as this one, Blue Oyster Cult have always been known for being a fantastic live act. One of the major regrets of my life is not having been able to see them in concert. This is probably why I have the main characters in Rock And Roll Children lament over the fact they didn’t see them open for Rush. I only have great albums like “Agents of Fortune” as a consolation.

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11 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Blue Oyster Cult- Agents of Fortune”

  1. metalodyssey Says:

    A fine BOC album indeed. My favorite BOC album is “Fire Of Unknown Origin”. My favorite BOC song is the live version of: “Godzilla” from “Some Enchanted Evening”. \m/

    Keep revisiting these classic bands and albums… I dig it right up man! 🙂


    • “Fire of Unknown Origin is actually my favourite BOC album as well and I will be visiting that one in the future. If the live version of “Godzilla” from the album you mention is better than the live version on “Extraterrestrial Live,” then it must be phenominal. To give you a preview of what is to come on 80smetalman, you may have noticed that all of these classic albums are pre 1978. That was the year the rock flood began to overflow and begin to form what we know and love as metal. I will be starting with that year and visiting the great albums of each year to 1989, so I think I have a enough material to go on for a long time. In the mean time, I still have a few classic albums left to visit and every time I want to move on, another great album comes to mind. Thanks for your compliments and I hope you and others will keep digging it right up.


  2. metalodyssey Says:

    Man, you should have enough album material to keep you busy for years! From 1978 to 1989 is some heavy duty ground to cover and I will be reading Metal Buddy. \m/


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