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

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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 (opens in new tab), 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. 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.