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5.0 out of 5 stars Best edition is the first
The songs added to this are NOT from the original sessions and are either previous Costello B sides,album tracks or unofficial releases such as the Beatles songs which came from the McCartney/McManus Collection.
The contents of this CD are as explained in Costello's own notes and represent an album called KOJAK VARIETY.
Some of the songs came from publishers...
Published on 11 Feb 2008 by Richard

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3.0 out of 5 stars A real curate's egg of an album
Should we be surprised at anything Elvis Costello gets up to? New wave, country, Stax/Motown soul, writing with Paul McCartney, then the Brodsky Quartet, then Burt Bacharach, writing for Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield and so on - this man seems to be willing to try anything and usually ends up doing it superbly.
Just about the only thing missing from his back...
Published on 7 Sep 2000 by s.kay@rbccte.co.uk


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A real curate's egg of an album, 7 Sep 2000
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s.kay@rbccte.co.uk (Lancashire, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Kojak Variety (Audio CD)
Should we be surprised at anything Elvis Costello gets up to? New wave, country, Stax/Motown soul, writing with Paul McCartney, then the Brodsky Quartet, then Burt Bacharach, writing for Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield and so on - this man seems to be willing to try anything and usually ends up doing it superbly.
Just about the only thing missing from his back catalogue before this release was a "straight" covers album. So here it is now. But is it any good?
The answer is both yes and no. I can honestly say that this is the only EC album to date that fails to quite hit the spot for me. Many of the tracks are wonderful; "I Threw It All Away" is a magnificent Dylan song magnificently done, "Please Stay" (written by his sometime collaborator Burt Bacharach) equally scruptious, and Randy Newman's "I've Been Wrong Before" conveys emotions undreamed of by the vast majority of modern artists.
Now for the bad news. The album contains several leaden 12 bar numbers that are mere fillers (the opener "Strange" features an entry for the worst guitar solo ever committed to tape), and the final track - "Days" by Ray Davies - substitutes pointless histrionics for the warmth and sensitivity of the original.
Elvis concludes his liner notes by saying that he will record volume two sometime in the next millenium. Having allowed himself a thousand years to put it together, he should have time to come up with a more balanced collection of songs than those presented here.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best edition is the first, 11 Feb 2008
The songs added to this are NOT from the original sessions and are either previous Costello B sides,album tracks or unofficial releases such as the Beatles songs which came from the McCartney/McManus Collection.
The contents of this CD are as explained in Costello's own notes and represent an album called KOJAK VARIETY.
Some of the songs came from publishers demos sent to his father when he was a band singer-I've been wrong before was one of these and was picked up for Cilla Black at the time.
Possibly some of these songs are obscure enough to have never been covered before
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