3-10384 (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Produced by Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman and David Lucas
Released on July 1976
US CHART POSITION #12 (charted July 31, 1976 for 20 weeks) . . . UK CHART POSITION #16
Find it at GEMM
3-10384 w. company sleeve
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C ronosmyth 5.1: A GRIM FAIRY TALE. Me (in mock indignation): “It has nothing to do with suicide and life after death. It’s about vampires.” Now, this is the real me talking, I think it’s a little of both. I believe that Buck Dharma had his own mortality in mind when he wrote this song, but it talks about dead people (we can be like they are) and Romeo and Juliet, so how is it not about suicide? And then there’s the last verse (“Came the last night of sadness”), which totally cops Bela Lugosi’s bedroom entrance in Dracula. Whatever the song’s message, it found an adoring audience, catapulting the band into the national spotlight and boosting sales of not only the source record (Agents) but its precedent (On Your Feet). The single is an edited version that cuts out the guitar solo, which means it slows down for no apparent reason about two-thirds of the way through. The B side is the elpee version of “Tattoo Vampire,” which I’m pretty sure is about vampires too.

TRACK LISTING

  1. (DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER    (Donald Roeser)    3:45
  2. TATTOO VAMPIRE    (Albert Bouchard/Harold Robbins)    2:40

    UK 1978 single reissue
  3. (DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER
  4. R U READY 2 ROCK

    1994 single reissue
  5. (DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER
  6. BURNIN' FOR YOU

    REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
    US July 1976 Columbia 7" 3-10384  
    UK 1976 CBS 7" S CBS4483  
    UK May 1978 CBS 7"/12 S CBS6333/12-6333  
    UK   Old Gold 7" OG-9398 same as 1978 reissue
    UK 1994 Fragile 7"/CDS FRS/CDFRS-1001  
    US 1994 Herald CDSPRO HERPROCD3 feat. A only

     

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