Great Mellotron albums
updated 13 days ago
If you love the sound of the Mellotron, these albums come essential. I don't have this list in any particular order, simply what springs up to mind. While I include stuff like Yes, Genesis and the Moody Blues, most of you already know that stuff already, so I'm not going to list every albums by those acts that used the Mellotron, just their albums with the most impressive use. My main emphasis is on lesser known and obscure releases that are essential to the tron fan!
By the way, since about the mid 1990s, there's been a flood of recordings that claim to use the Mellotron, when in fact they used samples, like from Vintage Keys or M-Tron. If a release uses fake tron, it will not be included (like Eccentric Orbit's Attack of the Martians, or any Opeth release aside from Heritage). That's why you don't see any Porcupine Tree listed here (apparently Stupid Dream, Lightbulb Sun, and In Absentia apparently did use a real tron, from Richard Barbieri, but not used in large amounts, so not listed, but it's safe to say anything else were samples) or Steven Wilson's Grace For Drowning (which would make a fantastic tron album if it were real tron), although his 2013 followup The Raven that Refused to Sing uses real tron courtesy of a Mark II that used to belong to King Crimson (and included in this list).
By the way I have not listed anything from the Flower Kings, as it's apparent Tomas Bodin has used samples, although if they wer real, you can bet a bunch of their albums would be listed (although I currently only own Space Revolver and Desolation Rose, due to my aversion to them for years, and honestly Space Revolver ain't that bad, and Desolation Rose also has some nice moments, but some I can do without).