Clas­sic Track: Blue Öys­ter Cult [Don't Fear] The Reaper

(DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER

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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.

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