Kojak Variety

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Kojak Variety
Kojakvariety.jpg
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)The Very Best of Elvis Costello and The Attractions 1977-861994
Kojak Variety
(1995)
Deep Dead Blue
(1995)Deep Dead Blue1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
Q 2/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Uncut 3/5 stars[8]

Kojak Variety is a 1995 album by Elvis Costello, composed of cover songs written by others.

Costello's rendering of "Days" by The Kinks had previously appeared on the album Until the End of the World, the 1991 soundtrack to Wim Wenders' film of the same name. The remainder of the songs were recorded specifically for this album. The title Kojak Variety refers to the name of a variety store in Barbados near 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.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Strange" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) – 2:39 (2:49 on 2004 reissue)
  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) – 3:10 (3:18 on 2004 reissue)
  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

Tracks 1 and 5 are faded later and have slightly longer running times on the 2004 reissue

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 – Elvis Costello". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Wolk, Douglas (March 2005). "Elvis Costello: Kojak Variety". Blender. Archived from the original on 4 February 2005. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Caro, Mark (18 May 1995). "Elvis Costello: Kojak Variety (Warner)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Ehrlich, Dimitri (12 May 1995). "Kojak Variety". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Elvis Costello: Kojak Variety (WEA)". The Guardian. 19 May 1995. 
  6. ^ Aizlewood, John (September 2004). "Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Almost Blue / Goodbye Cruel World / Elvis Costello: Kojak Variety". Q (218): 134. 
  7. ^ Walls, Richard C. (29 June 1995). "Elvis Costello: Kojak Variety". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Roberts, Chris (September 2004). "Fifth phase of two-disc reissue series". Uncut (88): 113. 
  9. ^ Larry David Smith - Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and the Torch Song Tradition Page 218 0275973921 2004 "The Kojak Variety project was, no doubt, a wonderful relief for an artist committed to pushing the musical envelope ... close to five years after it was recorded in Barbados (the album's title reflects the name of a department store near the studio)."