Agents of Fortune

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Agents of Fortune
Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released May 21, 1976 (1976-05-21)
Recorded 1975–76
Studio The Record Plant, New York City
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, psychedelic rock
Length 36:35
Label Columbia
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
On Your Feet or on Your Knees
(1975)On Your Feet or on Your Knees1975
Agents of Fortune
Singles from Agents of Fortune
  1. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" / "Tattoo Vampire"
    Released: June 1976
  2. "Debbie Denise" / "This Ain't the Summer of Love"
    Released: 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 10/10[3]
Rolling Stone (very favorable)[4]

Agents of Fortune is the fourth studio album by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, originally released by Columbia Records in 1976.

The Platinum-selling album peaked at #29 on the United States Billboard chart,[5] while the cryptic single "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" peaked at #7 in Cash Box magazine and at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,[6] making it Blue Öyster Cult's biggest hit.

The band also became a larger concert attraction at this time—largely based on not only their stageshow, but aided by the airplay of "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", which to this day is a staple of FM rock station playlists. Concert venues became larger, the show became more intricate and BÖC was reaching its commercial peak on the tour circuit.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "This Ain't the Summer of Love" Albert Bouchard, Murray Krugman, Don Waller Eric Bloom 2:21
2. "True Confessions" Allen Lanier Lanier 2:57
3. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" Donald Roeser Roeser 5:08
4. "E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)" Roeser, Sandy Pearlman Bloom 3:43
5. "The Revenge of Vera Gemini" A. Bouchard, Patti Smith A. Bouchard 3:52
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
6. "Sinful Love" A. Bouchard, Helen Wheels A. Bouchard 3:29
7. "Tattoo Vampire" A. Bouchard, Wheels Bloom 2:41
8. "Morning Final" Joe Bouchard J. Bouchard 4:30
9. "Tenderloin" Lanier Bloom 3:40
10. "Debbie Denise" A. Bouchard, Smith A. Bouchard 4:13
Total length: 36:35


Band members
Additional musicians



Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard 200 (United States) 29[5]
UK Albums Chart 26[7]
RPM100 Albums (Canada) 28[8]
Swedish Albums Chart 10[9]


Year Title Chart Position
1976 "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" Billboard Hot 100 (United States)[6] 12[6]
RPM Top 100 Singles (Canada) 7[10]
1978 UK Singles Chart 16[7]

Sales certifications[edit]

Year Country Organization Sales
1977 Canada CRIA Gold (50,000+)[11]
1978 U.S. RIAA Platinum (1,000,000+)[12]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
The Village Voice U.S. The 1976 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll[13] 1976 10
NME UK Albums of the Year[14] 1976 6
Dave Marsh & Kevin Stein U.S. The Best of the Album Chartmakers by Year: 1976[15] 1981 12
Kerrang! UK The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time[14] 1989 62
Q UK The Greatest Classic Rock Albums Ever![16] 2004 No order


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumers Guide Reviews: Agents of Fortune". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959025. 
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (15 July 1976). "Album Reviews: Blue Oyster Cult - Agents of Fortune". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Agents of Fortune Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  6. ^ a b c "Agents of Fortune Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  7. ^ a b "Blue Oyster Cult Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 23, No. 5, October 30, 1976". Library and Archives Canada. 30 October 1976. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult – Agents of Fortune (Album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 26, No. 7, November 13, 1976". Library and Archives Canada. 13 November 1976. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  11. ^ "Gold Platinum Database - Title: Fire of Unknown Origin". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-01. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database - search for Agents of Fortune". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  13. ^ "The 1976 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  14. ^ a b "Blue Öyster Cult - Agents of Fortune". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  15. ^ "The Dave Marsh Lists". Book Of Rock Lists - Albums Of The Year: 1976. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  16. ^ "Q Lists: Q Special Edition – The Greatest Classic Rock Albums Ever !". Q. Retrieved 2012-03-30.