Agents of Fortune

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Agents of Fortune
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 21, 1976 (1976-05-21)
StudioThe Record Plant, New York City
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]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[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 No. 29 on the U.S. Billboard chart,[5] while the cryptic single "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" peaked at No. 7 in Cash Box magazine[citation needed] and at No. 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.

This is also the only album in the band's catalogue to have every original member perform lead vocals, and the only album to not feature any songwriting contributions from Eric Bloom.

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


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) 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 (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 22, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 978-1894959025.
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  6. ^ a b "Agents of Fortune Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on August 31, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  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.
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  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 March 30, 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Blue Öyster Cult - Agents of Fortune". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  15. ^ "The Dave Marsh Lists". Book Of Rock Lists - Albums Of The Year: 1976. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  16. ^ "Q Lists: Q Special Edition – The Greatest Classic Rock Albums Ever !". Q. Retrieved March 30, 2012.