May 22, 2010
Agents of Fortune
Another album that just missed my top 25 classic rock albums.
The band was formed in 1967 but did not break into the big time until 1972's self-titled album, followed by Tyranny and Mutation and then Secret Treaties. They then released a double live album entitled On Your Feet Or On Your Knees.
Led by Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser on lead guitar, Eric Bloom on lead vocals, Allen Lanier on keyboards and the Brouchard brothers on bass and drums they produced a guitar driven sound that influenced many heavy metal bands that came after them. Their live concerts contained laser light shows and extended improvisations as seen in the video above.
Agents of Fortune was an important album for them as it peaked at #29 on the Billboard charts and the single Don't Fear the Reaper charted at #12.It also earned them much critical success being voted one of the ten best albums of 1976 by the Village Voice. Patti Smith was also instrumental in their career and lent her voice on the song The Revenge of Vera Gemini.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.