BLUE ÖYSTER CULT To Release New Live Album, '40th Anniversary - Agents Of Fortune - Live 2016'
January 31, 2020
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its 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, California in front of an intimate 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 on March 6 via Frontiers Music Srl.
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 thirteenth 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. "Heaven Forbid" is one classy slab of hard rock featuring intricate arrangements, provocative lyrics, and spine-tingling guitar solos. The rockers sound in top form on this full blown (at the time) return album, whether on the thrash-y and menacing opener "See You In Black", the sci-fi epic "X-Ray Eyes", or the mythical and atmospheric "Harvest Moon".
"40th Anniversary - Agents Of Fortune - Live 2016" track listing:
01. This Ain't The Summer Of Love 02. True Confessions 03. (Don't Fear) The Reaper 04. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) 05. The Revenge Of Vera Gemini 06. Sinful Love 07. Tattoo Vampire 08. Morning Final 09. Tenderloin 10. Debbie Denise
DVD / BR
01. True Confessions 02. (Don't Fear) The Reaper 03. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) 04. The Revenge Of Vera Gemini 05. Sinful Love 06. Tattoo Vampire 07. Morning Final 08. Tenderloin 09. Debbie Denise + * This Ain't The Summer of Love (Audio only / Blu Ray only) * Band interview * Behind The Scenes TV Spot * BOC My Story TV Spot * Live On Audience Music TV Spot
"40th Anniversary - Agents Of Fortune - Live 2016" lineup:
Eric Bloom - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - Guitar, Vocals Richie Castellano - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals Jules Radino - Drums, Percussion Kasim Sulton - Bass, Vocals Special Guest: Albert Bouchard – Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
"Heaven Forbid" track listing:
01. See You In Black 02. Harvest Moon 03. Power Underneath Dispair 04. X-Ray Eyes 05. Hammer Back 06. Damaged 07. Cold Gray Light Of Dawn 08. Real World 09. Live For Me 10. Still Burnin' 11. In Thee (live at Millbrook)
"Heaven Forbid" lineup:
Eric Bloom: Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals Buck Dharma: Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals Allen Lanier: Guitar and Keyboards Danny Miranda: Bass and Vocals Chuck Bürgi: Drums and Vocals Bobby Rondinelli: Drums on "Live For Me" Jon Rogers: Bass and Vocals on "Harvest Moon", "Power Underneath Dispair" and "Still Burnin'" Additional Keyboards: Tony Perrino Additional Vocals: George Cintron