Classic Track: Blue Öyster Cult [Don't Fear] The Reaper
(DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER
Learn this iconic guitar line from BÖC’S third studio album, Agents of fortune
Back in 1975, while writing and recording their third studio album, Agents of Fortune, Blue Öyster Cult couldn’t possibly imagine they would be penning one of rock’s all-time greatest riffs, but that’s exactly what happened with (Don’t fear) the Reaper. The track spent 20 weeks on the US Hot 100 breaking the UK Top 20 two years later.
The track’s iconic guitar line was played, unexpectedly, on a Gibson ES-175 (generally considered to be a jazz guitar) through guitarist Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser’s Music Man 410 combo. It’s a tone the band never really attempt to recreate so there’s a different vibe to live performances – Dharma has favoured Gibson SG and Steinberger M series guitars over the years.