Remove This Doubt - Elvis Costello, Dozier, Lamont
I Threw It All Away - Elvis Costello, Dylan, Bob
Leave My Kitten Alone - Elvis Costello, McDougal, James
Everybody's Crying Mercy - Elvis Costello, Allison, Mose
I've Been Wrong Before - Elvis Costello, Newman, Randy
Bama Lama Bama Loo - Elvis Costello, Penniman, Richard W
Must You Throw Dirt in My Face - Elvis Costello, Anderson, Bill 
Pouring Water on a Drowning Man - Elvis Costello, Baker, Drew
The Very Thought of You - Elvis Costello, Noble, Ray
Payday - Elvis Costello, Winchester, Jesse
Please Stay - Elvis Costello, Bacharach, Burt
Running Out of Fools - Elvis Costello, Ahlert, Richard
Days - Elvis Costello, Davies, Ray [Kinks]
With 'Kojak Variety', from 1995, Costello is a crooner, picking forgotten tunes by both minor & major artists (anyone from Screamin' Jay Hawkins to Bob Dylan). Guest musicians include Marc Ribot & Jim Keltner. Warner Broth... more »ers.« less
With 'Kojak Variety', from 1995, Costello is a crooner, picking forgotten tunes by both minor & major artists (anyone from Screamin' Jay Hawkins to Bob Dylan). Guest musicians include Marc Ribot & Jim Keltner. Warner Brothers.
B. Jason O. (panicBoy) from MANCHESTER, NH Reviewed on 4/20/2007...
Elvis' boom-jangle period collection of cover tunes.
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Typical Mid-Life Transition Elvis Costello
Eric D. Sweetwood | Normal, Illinois USA | 07/30/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Great moments exist on this CD and a few failures. This CD is typical of Costello. Also, it is typical of his fans to disagree where the music is great and where the music is weak. Costello's "Pouring Water On A Drowning Man" is, in this fan's opinion, one of his greatest moments of recorded music. On the other hand, his version of the Kink's "Days" is amazingly misguided. I have a friend who says the exact opposite. You judge for yourself. "Hidden Charms," "Strange," "Remove This Doubt," and "Leave My Kitten Alone" are, as with most Elvis Costello's songs, wonderfully sung with feeling and charm. "The Very Thought of You," is a standout moment in which Declan MacManus's voice is so perfectly matched with the music, that it is a wonder how he did it. The rest, with the excepection of "Pouring Water" is dispensible. Still, an uplifting and unique record where Elvis Costello actually sounds as if he is enjoying himself. The liner notes are insightful and full of well chosen words. Not your typical Attractions record, but typical of Costello as he goes through his mid-life transitions and tries to redirect and rediscover himself. Such a task is not always easy and often times, failures may exist. In the redirection, when Costello hits the mark, he is right on target."
Not looking forward to the next one
J. Carroll | Island Heights,NJ | 10/29/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"In the liner notes to KOJAK VARIETY, EC mentions that he considers this CD the first volume in a series. My question is "Why?" This mixed bag of R&B, ballads and the occasional well-known classic (Ray Davies "Days") is unsatisfying to say the least. Actually the liner notes are the best part, insightful looks at Costello's past and how his taste in music developed. The problem is I don't understand why Costello needed to make this record. Better he had put his name on a compilation of original recordings and let the listener in on what motivated him to create CD's like GET HAPPY. As it stands this CD is just a mistake. Costello's take on the various tunes lack the vitality of his original work and even the songs he should make his own, like Randy Newman's "I've Been Wrong Before" and "Days" are more annoying than memorable. If KOJAK VARIETY Vol. 2 does appear as promised, I think I'll skip it."
The best three-star cover album you'll ever listen too!
Hobbulus Wizardus | Sin City, MA | 05/02/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The highlights make the mistakes on this album forgivable:"Remove this Doubt" puts a huge grin on my face - Elvis as a Supreme...brilliant fun!"I Threw It All Away" - a better performance of a great Dylan song than the original."Strange" and "Must You Throw Dirt in my Face" - hilarious! I hope Elvis wants us to laugh with him at these performances - I think he does....The rest of the songs range from pretty cool ("The Very Thought of You") to head-scratchers ("Leave My Kitten Alone," "Bama Lama..whatever") and of course, don't buy this one if you have any significant holes in your EC collection. But this is a more satisfying album for me than Goodbye Cruel World and even All This Useless Beauty. I know I'm probably about the only EC fan who likes Kojak more than Beauty, but there you have it. It's worth it for the Dylan and Supremes numbers, and you may find enjoyment in some of the other pieces where I have not."