Favorite Mellotron performances.

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Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by OB-XaMinimoog » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:38 am

I'm a huge fan of the Mellotron. Its my favorite keyboard instrument. While only somewhat realistic, its sounds have their own character and are like no other. These are some of my favorite performances of it.

The Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin



I'm a huge Moody Blues fan and the Mellotron really gave them their own sound especially on this song. It really sets the mood for this song along with Justin's vocals, and is frankly one of the most emotional pieces of music I've ever heard. The bit at 2:50-2:58 gets me every time.

Another Moodies song, The Story in your Eyes. I love the Mellotron in the choruses.



I love really all their Mellotron songs, but those two are my top.
I really think something was lost in the band when Mike Pinder left. I like some their late 70s and 80s stuff, but it doesn't compare to their first seven albums. They are true classics. In my book, Mike was a good portion of the genius behind the band. Along with Justin's song writing and vocals, of course.

Yes - Awaken


My favorite Yes song. Its absolutely epic.

Yes- And you and I



Some really good Mellotron/Minimoog interplay here.

Rick Wakeman's keyboard solo in Yessongs 1973



John Paul Jones Mellotron solo



Rush - Tears



Very sad song, and the Mellotron Violins and Flute really add the mood.


If anyone has anyone favorites, feel free to post them ;)

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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by CZ Rider » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:41 am

Always thought the Melotron made "In the Court of the Crimson King". Something about the sound of the Mellotron? Sounds spookey or distant.


Like Aerosmith's "Dream On" use of the Mellotron too.
Here is one of my own, using a sample set I found way back in the late 90's. I don't think too many people purchased that set as it was very dirty sounding and many sounds ended abruptly. Some of the samples sounded like the tape had jammed before, so it was authentic.
Loaded into my Soundblaster played along with a real 1969 Moog. Lots of Mellotron.

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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:35 am

Edgar Froese -- Epsilon in Malaysian Pale
Tangerine Dream -- Oedipus Tyrannus / Desert Dream, Phaedra
Peter Baumann -- Haunted Heights
Cosmic Hoffmann -- Gate of Lahore (not only because I played on this one as well)
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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by meatballfulton » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:35 pm

Golf Girl...dig the mellotron solo after the last verse.

I listened to Hatfield and the North at Rainbow. They were very wonderful and they made my heart a prisoner.

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Post by redchapterjubilee » Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:43 pm



The epitome of Mellotron for me.
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Tangerine Dream - Fauni Gena, from 'Atem' (1973)

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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by tekkentool » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:01 pm

Me when I rip samples of it.

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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by V301H » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:11 pm

The Zombies 1968 Odessey and Oracle album has lots of Mellotron. One of my favorites:
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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by walkathon » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:27 pm

the choir on Zebra's "Who's Behind the Door?"

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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by salwa » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:04 pm



Tarwater - No More Extra Time
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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by mpa1104 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:39 am

Okay, I'll take the fall and say:

(I'll confess to being a teensy bit surpised that with the Prog standards that have met the cut in this list, that Genesis are yet to rate a mention - mind you, I don't disagree one bit with the posts already made!)
There are plenty of other wonderful Tony Banks textures to be had on the early Genesis stuff.
Mellotron strings in Fountain of Salmacis and the choir during the playout of Entangled to name but two more.


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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by themilford » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:36 am

redchapterjubilee wrote:

The epitome of Mellotron for me.
DING DING DING!

All though I prefer the studio cut.

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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by V301H » Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:25 am

Film Soundtrack music with extended Mellotron Flute solo featuring Don Gallucci (Kingsmen "Louie Louie"). Touch was likely America's first true Prog/Rock band and have been cited as an influence on Yes, Kansas, Uriah Heep, and others.
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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by Shutoku » Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:34 am

No mention of arguably the most heard mellotron line...the flute in Strawberry Fields? Brief but iconic.

I'm not sure there is a bad mellotron line though. I have always loved the sound of them.

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Re: Favorite Mellotron performances.

Post by smcumber » Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:16 pm

Shutoku wrote:No mention of arguably the most heard mellotron line...the flute in Strawberry Fields? Brief but iconic.

I'm not sure there is a bad mellotron line though. I have always loved the sound of them.

To be a stickler, a Chamberlin, not a Mellotron....

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