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Blue Öyster Cult

40th Anniversary - Agents Of Fortune - Live 2016

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Release Notes
  • Live 2016 performance of the band’s monster hit album, “Agents Of Fortune”
  • First official release in physical formats
  • Founding member Albert Bouchard appears on guitar and vocals on selected tracks, which is a selling point for fans/collectors of the band

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of their widely celebrated album ‘Agents of Fortune’, Blue Öyster Cult performed the seminal album in its glorious entirety at an exclusive concert for the Audience Music Network on Monday April 18, 2016 at Red Studios in Hollywood, CA in front a lucky little audience of invited guests. The performance was recorded by an army of cameramen for a DirectTV special, that is now being released on CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and Vinyl.

The intense creative vision of BÖC’s original core duo of vocalist and lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom are complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and the longtime rhythm section comprised of bass guitarist Kasim Sulton, and drummer Jules Radino. As a special guest, founding member Albert Bouchard appears on guitar and vocals on selected tracks, which was a real treat for longtime fans of the band.

Blue Öyster Cult’s fourth album, “Agents Of Fortune” was originally released in 1976 and went on to achieve platinum sales status on the strength of songs such as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” which was easily one of the band’s biggest hits. Tinged with a more commercial sound that preserves the band’s heavy metal base, while exploring new and varied musical forms, "Agents of Fortune” was the band’s breakthrough album. Nothing they had produced previously prepared listeners for the level of sophistication the group found on “Agents of Fortune” and it’s both an essential document of the band and an iconic release of ’70s rock in general.