Thursday

Bubbling under: Don't fear the reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)

The American band Blue Oyster Cult (image credit) were one of the more intelligent hard rock bands from the seventies, and they will always be linked with their absolute masterpiece Don't fear the reaper from the 1976 album Agents of fortune. More subdued than most of their output, the chilling theme is set against a gorgeous melody with a suitably heavier instrumental middle session, which was cut for the single version. Of course, it could have used a bit more cowbell, but hey, nothing is perfect.

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