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Rocks In The Attic #254: Blue Oyster Cult – ‘Agents Of Fortune’ (1976)

RITA#254I’ve been listening to a new radio station at work. It’s called The Sound, and it’s on the same frequency as the old Classic Gold station used to be (presumably all of their listeners died). It mainly deals with rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s, with the odd track from the ‘80s and ‘90s. The good thing about it is that for a rock station, it doesn’t just play the hits. They play just as many album tracks as they do singles, so it’s not like they’re restricted to a playlist like other stations.

Anyway, I have the radio on really low, and every now and again I’ll hear this really ominous tune. A really short tune, that always seems to come out of nowhere, and then ends really abruptly. It almost sounds like the kind of thing you’d expect from a band like Rush. After catching it again last week, and turning the volume up, I’ve realised that it’s the instrumental break from (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – in the album version that radio stations never play.

So, yes, I have this album and although I don’t think I’ve played it since I bought it, it’s not that bad. I bought it because I was reading some magazine that was listing classic but oft overlooked rock albums. This made the list together with a few others I snapped up on vinyl. It’s pretty good, but obviously (Don’t Fear) The Reaper overshadows everything else on the album.

Needs more cowbell though.

Hit: (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

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