Some things you gave me I’ll take to the grave
Compared to the majority of Bradders’ solo works, Kodachrome Ghosts is relatively subdued. It lacks the flashy nature and is more comparable to a leisurely stroll through the town. It even lacks the lushness of the slower works on the Great Western period, being perfectly satisfied to chug along enjoyably.
Not that I have anything against more grounded, less flashier works – heavens no – but Kodachrome Ghosts is one of the more forgettable tracks in James’ solo catalogue. It strolls along rather pleasantly indeed and I’ve always liked the open hi hat beat that the song heavily uses throughout its length, and admittedly James’ falsetto in the chorus is swell and all, but it somewhat gets trampled under pretty much everything else. It’s one of the more obvious b-sides he’s got, in the sense that it’s a track with nothing wrong with it per se but which is still pretty audibly a discarded outtake that wasn’t good enough for a more public release.
I think the best bit of the song is actually the title. There’s something really interesting in it.