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Agents of Fortune Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • ASIN: B00005LNBH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on July 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the fourth studio album from Blue Öyster Cult which was remastered and reissued on the Columbia/Legacy label. As with the other three reissues there are lyrics, photos, and liner notes by Lenny Kaye. In addition, there are four bonus tracks, none of which were previously released. "Agents of Fortune" was recorded in 1975 and 1976, and released in May of 1976. Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman were joined by David Lucas as producers of this album. This remastered CD was released on June 26th of 2001, and Bruce Dickinson produced the remastered version.

"Agents of Fortune" was the start of a new period for the group. The first three albums are often called their "black-and-white" period, and the live album "On Your Feet or On Your Knees" marked the end of that period. This album has a number of memorable songs, such as "This Ain't The Summer of Love", "E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)", "The Revenge of Vera Gemini", and the too often overlooked "Morning Final". Of course, it is best known for "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" which is one of the greatest Rock songs of all time.

The four bonus tracks consist of songs which were considered for the album. "Fire of Unknown Origin" was an outtake which would appear on an album of the same name five years later, although this is a significantly different version of the song than the one which would eventually be released. "Sally" was demoed for the album, but not used. It later was used by Albert Bouchard on "Trepanation", which was the 1995 release from his band "The Brain Surgeons". The third bonus track is the original demo for "(Don't Fear) The Reaper".
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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 BOC aesthetic established to that point. Suffice to say, AGENTS OF FORTUNE is one of the essential BOC albums.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Courtney on March 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
To start with, let me say this is more a review of the original release, with the extra tracks being considered a bonus. This is one of my favorite releases of all-time. There are no weak songs out of any of the original tracks[1-10], although "Tenderloin" is my least favorite. The four bonus tracks are interesting looks at songs I definitely loved the previous released versions. Up to this point BOC had several good releases, but this was the first time they put it all together on one disc. "Don't Fear the Reaper" certainly put them into the spotlight. They even enjoyed airplay on AM stations. AOR stations went nuts and played almost every song.
I don't want to have you think that BOC peaked here, but this was the begining of the years that saw them at the fore-front of hard rock. Some of the best songs here are "Tattoo Vampire", "Revenge of Vera Gemini", "Sinful Love", and, of course, "Don't Fear the Reaper". My favorite of the original songs is "This Ain't the Summer of Love". I have to confess, I really enjoyed three of the bonus tracks with the exception being "Sally". I tend to like what I haven't had pounded into my head over and over and these bonus tracks are very fresh.
The quality of this disc is top notch. The recording and pressing are excellent quality. This is a very good package for those of you that already enjoy BOC, or, those of you that are looking for a special package, beyond a greatest hits release, this is a great place to start. I also suggest FIRE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "rjhelsem" on July 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album was Blue Oyster Cult's "Commercial" breakthru but if you think songs like "The Revenge of Vera Gemini","Tenderloin" and "Morning Final" were on the Top 40 in the Seventies,Think Again. These songs are just as "Non-Commercial" as most of their earlier releases and also just as great. The thing that helped make this album their first big sucess was not only "Reaper" but the great production which leaves their first 3 releases in ashes. This Remaster takes that production and really shows the depth of the songs and performances. I have the Gold Disc of this album and feel that this Remaster is so much better because it brings out subtle production and keyboard effects that make this album great. If you are not a real big BOC fan you may not find the bonus tracks much to your liking but I did. The demo of "Reaper" sounds like a "personal" song not a "hit". "Fire of Unknown Origin" really changed from this demo to the song they released in 1981. The later version is better but how did they get there from here? The other 2 Bonus Tracks are interesting,I only feel they help make the case for a BOC Box set to really look at the career of one of Rock's most underrated bands. If you liked this album before you will love this Remaster. If you loved it BUY THIS.
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