Great Mellotron albums
updated 11 months 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 have started using sampled Mellotron, beginning with the EMu Vintage Keys, and, as years went by, the M-Tron, Memotron, Clavia Nord Stage, and the M4000D (beware: there's also the Mellotron M4000 without a "D", which is a real tape driven Mellotron, any recording using the M4000 in large amounts and used impressively will be included on this list - so far none -, but not the M4000D), or any other samples. Some artists are honest that they aren't using a real Mellotron, particularly when none are mention. Also I do appreciate when they admit the tron is fake, like Tomas Bodin in the Flower Kings or any given Opeth album, Heritage aside (as they used a Mark VI). Thanks to samples it's been becoming increasingly difficult to find new recordings using authentic tape-driven machines. Luckily Lars Fredrik Frøislie still uses the real thing on recordings (but will use samples live since a real Mellotron isn't exactly stage friendly, just ask Rick Wakeman or Tony Banks). But most of the time by other artists it's an M-Tron, Memotron or 4000D, most sounding like samples due to lack of nuances or that key click.
All artists have now been alphabetized with relevant albums in chronological order.