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Bob Young - Back In Quo Country album review

Taking Status Quo on a trip to the country

Cover art for Bob Young - Back In Quo Country

As all Quo fans will know, Bob Young has had a long, close association with the band, both as road manager and songwriter. In 1986 he gave his own interpretation of some of their most renowned songs, giving Down Down, Dirty Water, Claudie and others a countrified workover. And they still sound fun and sufficiently different to make the exercise worthwhile. As Francis Rossi professes a love for country music, presumably they have official approval too.

On this reissue, Young has expanded on the concept by adding several bonus tracks, making for an entertaining glance at what he can do. His cover of The Devil Went Down To Georgia has real value, and there also a fascinating insight into the early development of Down Down.

Far more than a novelty album.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.