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Agents of Fortune is the fourth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult. It was released on May 21, 1976 by Columbia Records. The album peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200, and its first single, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100; it is Blue Öyster Cult's most recognizable song.

Agents of Fortune was certified Platinum by RIAA in 1978, their only studio album to do so. It is their second best-selling album of all time, behind Some Enchanted Evening.


Blue Öyster Cult

  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, percussion
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – lead guitar, vocals, synthesizer, percussion
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals
  • Joe Bouchard – bass, piano, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, vocals, guitar, percussion, harmonica

Additional musicians

  • Patti Smith – vocals ("The Revenge of Vera Gemini")
  • Randy Brecker – horns
  • Michael Brecker – horns
  • David Lucas – vocals, keyboards, percussion


  • Murray Krugman – producer, engineer
  • Sandy Pearlman – producer, engineer
  • David Lucas – producer, engineer
  • Shelly Yakus – engineer
  • Andy Abrams – engineer
  • Tony Stevens – mastering
  • John Berg – cover design
  • Andy Engel – cover design
  • Lynn Curlee – cover art
  • Special thanks to Renaldo Orlandoni, David Pastori, Max Bell, Laurence Najberg, and Freddy Hauser

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
Side one
1 This Ain't the Summer of Love Krugman, A. Bouchard, Don Waller Bloom 2:21
2 True Confessions Lanier Lanier 2:57
3 (Don't Fear) The Reaper Roeser Roeser 5:08
4 E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Roeser, Pearlman Bloom 3:43
5 The Revenge of Vera Gemini A. Bouchard, Smith A. Bouchard, Patti Smith 3:52
Side two
6 Sinful Love A. Bouchard, Helen Robbins A. Bouchard 3:29
7 Tattoo Vampire A. Bouchard, Helen Robbins Bloom 2:41
8 Morning Final J. Bouchard J. Bouchard 4:30
9 Tenderloin Lanier Bloom 3:40
10 Debbie Denise A. Bouchard, Smith A. Bouchard 4:13
2001 reissue bonus tracks
11 Fire of Unknown Origin (original version) Bloom, A. Bouchard, J. Bouchard, Roeser, Smith A. Bouchard 3:30
12 Sally A. Bouchard A. Bouchard 2:40
13 (Don't Fear) The Reaper (demo) Roeser Roeser 6:20
14 Dance the Night Away Lanier, Jim Carroll Lanier 2:37
Studio albums Blue Öyster CultTyranny and MutationSecret Treaties
Agents of FortuneSpectresMirrorsCultösaurus Erectus
Fire of Unknown OriginThe Revölution by NightClub NinjaImaginosCult ClassicHeaven Forbid
Curse of the Hidden MirrorThe Symbol Remains
Live albums On Your Feet or on Your KneesSome Enchanted EveningExtraterrestrial LiveA Long Day's Night
Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014
40th Anniversary - Agents of Fortune - Live 2016
iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012
Other albums Bad ChannelsSt. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings
The Columbia Albums Collectiön
(RaritiesRadios Appear: The Best of the BroadcastsHarvester of Lives)