Kojak Variety

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Kojak Variety
Studio album by Elvis Costello
Released 9 May 1995
Recorded 1989–1994
Genre Rock
Length 53:57
Label Warner Bros.
Rhino (3 August 2004 Reissue)
Producer Kevin Killen and Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello chronology
The Very Best of Elvis Costello and The Attractions 1977-86
(1994)
Kojak Variety
(1995)
Deep Dead Blue
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]

Kojak Variety is a 1995 covers album by Elvis Costello. "Days" had previously appeared on the album Until the End of the World, the 1991 soundtrack to Wim Wenders' film of the same name. The album's obscure title refers to the name of a variety store near to where the album was recorded; Costello was amused by the seemingly random name of the enterprise, and in a similar spirit, decided to apply the name to his album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Strange" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) – 2:39
  2. "Hidden Charms" (Willie Dixon) – 3:29
  3. "Remove This Doubt" (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland, Jr.) – 3:52
  4. "I Threw It All Away" (Bob Dylan) – 3:23
  5. "Leave My Kitten Alone" (Little Willie John, Titus Turner, James McDougal) – 3:10
  6. "Everybody's Crying Mercy" (Mose Allison) – 4:05
  7. "I've Been Wrong Before" (Randy Newman) – 3:01
  8. "Bama Lama Bama Loo" (Richard Penniman) – 2:45
  9. "Must You Throw Dirt in My Face?" (Bill Anderson) – 3:49
  10. "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man" (Drew Baker, Dani McCormick) – 3:39
  11. "The Very Thought of You" (Ray Noble) – 3:42
  12. "Payday" (Jesse Winchester) – 2:57
  13. "Please Stay" (Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard) – 4:49
  14. "Running Out of Fools" (Richard Ahlert, Kay Rogers) – 3:04
  15. "Days" (Ray Davies) – 4:54

Bonus disc (2004 Rhino)[edit]

  1. "Ship of Fools" (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 5:21
  2. "My Resistance Is Low" (Harold Adamson, Hoagy Carmichael) – 2:00
  3. "Innocent When You Dream" (Tom Waits) – 4:30
  4. "I'm Coming Home" (T-Bone Burnett) – 3:13
  5. "The Dark End of the Street" (Chips Moman, Dan Penn) – 3:10
  6. "Congratulations" (Paul Simon) – 2:47
  7. "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" (Dylan) – 2:13
  8. "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man" (Alternate version) (Baker, McCormick) – 2:54
  9. "Still Feeling Blue" (Gram Parsons) – 2:23
  10. "Brilliant Disguise" (Bruce Springsteen) – 4:03
  11. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:31
  12. "Sleepless Nights" (Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant) – 3:58
  13. "Step Inside Love" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:49
  14. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (Lennon, McCartney) – 2:38
  15. "Sally Sue Brown" (Arthur Alexander) – 2:19
  16. "Sticks and Stones" (Turner) – 1:36
  17. "That's How You Got Killed Before" (with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band) (Dave Bartholomew) – 3:14
  18. "The Night Before Larry Was Stretched" (traditional) – 5:10
  19. "But Not for Me" (with Larry Adler) (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – 5:04
  20. "Full Force Gale" (Van Morrison) – 2:59

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard 200 102

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Kojak Variety at AllMusic
  2. ^ "CG: Artist 1851". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]