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Blue Öyster Cult announces new live release '40th Anniversary - Agents of Fortune - Live 2016'

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Fri, Jan 31st 2020 05:45 pm
Image courtesy of Freeman Promotions
Image courtesy of Freeman Promotions

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of their widely celebrated album “Agents of Fortune,” Blue Öyster Cult performed the seminal album in its entirety at an exclusive concert for the Audience Music Network on April 18, 2016, at Red Studios in Hollywood in front of an intimate audience of invited guests. The performance was recorded by an army of cameramen for a DirectTV special, which is now being released on CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and Vinyl on March 6 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Watch a video of the “True Confessions” performance here: https://youtu.be/HttuaKYXfwk. Pre-order the release here: https://orcd.co/bocagents40th.

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, percussion 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 the band's biggest hit. 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.

Also on March 6, Frontiers will reissue "Heaven Forbid,” the band's 13th studio album, in all territories outside North and South America. Originally released on March 24, 1998, in Europe, it was the band's first full studio album containing original material since 1988's “Imaginos.” Science fiction author John Shirley contributed heavily to the album, writing lyrics for all except two original songs. A live version of the track "In Thee" was included, as well.

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