I can’t help it. Whenever I listen to “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult, I can’t help but think of “More Cowbell!” (Thank you SNL).
With its combination of hard rock, prog, and pop, “Agents of Fortune” is an album often overshadowed by what became BÖC’s best known song. But true to nearly all of their albums, “Agents of Fortune” is rock solid from start to finish.
Also, like many albums by BÖC, the band collaborates with New York punk rock poet Patti Smith. Some time earlier, she and the band members had become good friends. Smith cowrote two songs on the record and sings on one them.
One of the things that gave BÖC such a varied sound, especially in their early days, was that all of the original members could sing lead vocals. On “Agents of Fortune” each one does on at least one song. It’s the only BÖC album where that is the case. Maybe that’s why it’s one of my favorite albums by them.