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Label:
  Columbia - http://www.columbiarecords.com/
Serial:
  CS 85479
Title:
  Blue Oyster Cult: Agents of Fortune
Description:
  "Agents of Fortune"

Blue Oyster Cult
Track listing:
  1. This Ain't the Summer of Love
2. True Confessions
3. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
4. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
5. The Revenge of Vera Gemini
6. Sinful Love
7. Tattoo Vampire
8. Morning Final
9. Tenderloin
10. Debbie Denise
11. Fire Of Unknown Origin [Unreleased Outtake]
Genre:
  Pop/Rock
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Single Layer
Recording type:
 
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Review by StyleAndEntertainmen April 23, 2005 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Agree with all the reviews here, but let me add:

This is a very listenable CD (I've played Dont Fear the Reaper about 10 times in a row :). The Sonics are quite good - especially considering most rock CD sound like crap on my very hi-res system. So thumbs up there! The mc mix IS agressive - did you want to hear a guitar lead coming from behind you? I dont. Even so, it's not full on behind but 60/40 back/front.. which makes it's tolerable. On the plus side of this mix, you will hear parts you never heard before. But mostly they are rythem parts which you really don't want to hear... do you? I dont. Now for the stereo mix. Overall, I think it suits this album better. Maybe I'm just to used to the original (LP :) but for this music and this mc mix I think the blend is better in stereo... course i haven't tried mono yet :)

Overall I recommend it with a B rating. Good audio quality, fair mc mix, good stereo mix, fair packaging.

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Review by HeresJohnny August 3, 2011 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:    
The stereo mix has a very low dynamic rating of 8 (so let's not talk about that anymore), while the mc mix improves on the MFSL with 11 vs. 10 dynamic rating. SACD MC sounds cleaner and improves on the frequency band vs. the MFSL as well. It's not one of the best sounding SACD I've ever heard, but it's still better than any of the CD versions.

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Review by vonwegen September 11, 2003 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Side one is good, side two falls off a bit, and all the other songs on this album are overshadowed by (you guessed it) track 3, which needs no introduction. The 5.1 mix of "Reaper" is lovely indeed.

Both the stereo and 5.1 mixes are fine on this album--but if you look at the CD re-issue, you'll notice several bonus tracks that don't appear on the SACD, including the original home 4-track demo of "Reaper". I think Sony is being really, really chintzy by not including these in the stereo track selections.

Also, the packaging leaves something to be desired--the CD re-issue has more photos and the back tray photo is not backwards like on the SACD. Also, it sure would've been nice to know which of BÖC's 3 guitar players played which lead bits on each song--given that the studio track listings included with each multi-track master tape have such info, I don't think it would've been so much extra effort. And considering how much SACDs cost, this should be expected.

In general, Sony's SACD packaging needs a thorough revamping. I dock the performance rating one star because of the missing bonus tracks & inadequate packaging, not because BÖC underperformed on this album.

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