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
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
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[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 on May 21, 1976.

The Platinum-selling album peaked at #29 on the U.S. 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 BÖC's biggest hit. The band became a bigger concert attraction after the release of the album, in part due to extensive airplay given to "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," to this day a staple of rock-station playlists.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."This Ain't the Summer of Love"Albert Bouchard, Murray Krugman, Don WallerEric Bloom2:21
2."True Confessions"Allen LanierLanier2:57
3."(Don't Fear) The Reaper"Donald RoeserRoeser5:08
4."E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)"Roeser, Sandy PearlmanBloom3:43
5."The Revenge of Vera Gemini"A. Bouchard, Patti SmithA. Bouchard3:52
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Sinful Love"A. Bouchard, Helen WheelsA. Bouchard3:29
7."Tattoo Vampire"A. Bouchard, WheelsBloom2:41
8."Morning Final"Joe BouchardJ. Bouchard4:30
10."Debbie Denise"A. Bouchard, SmithA. Bouchard4:13
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. 
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  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. Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  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. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
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  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.