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Audio excerpts of a M400

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Audio excerpts of a Mellotron M300

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Demo record for the Mellotron - 1964 -

El Cumbanchero

Demo video for the Mellotron Mark II - 1965 -

Graham Bond Organisation

There's A Bond Between Us - 1965 -
Baby Can It Be True
excerpt 1   (flute - Mk II)

                   excerpt 2   (3 violins - Mk II)
                   

                   Last Night   (3 violins - Mk II)
                   

                   Don't Let Go   (3 violins - Mk II)
                   

Certainly the first album with a Mellotron

Manfred Mann

Semi-Detached, Suburban Mr. James - 1966 -
Semi-Detached, Suburban Mr. James   (flute, brass - Mk II)

One of the first hit singles featuring a Mellotron

The Beatles

The BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour - 1967 -
Strawberry Fields Forever  (flute - Mk II)


The BeatlesThe Beatles - 1968 -
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
excerpt 1 : introduction   (classic guitar - Mk II)

                   excerpt 2   (mandolin - Mk II)
                   
                   excerpt 3 : end   (trombone - Mk II)
                   

John Lennon

Excerpts from home sessions, probably recorded in may 1968, where John Lennon plays on his Mk II in his Weybridge house :

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The Moody Blues

The Moody BluesDays Of Future Passed - 1967 -
Nights In White Satin  (3 violins - Mk II)


The Moody BluesIn Search Of The Lost Chord - 1968 -
Legend Of A Mind  (3 violins - Mk II)


The Moody BluesOn The Threshold Of A Dream - 1969 -
Have You Heard  (brass, 3 violins - Mk II)


The Moody BluesTo Our Children's Children's Children - 1969 -
Watching And Waiting  (violin - M300B)

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling StonesTheir Satanic Majesties Request - 1967 -
2000 Light Years from Home  (3 violins - Mk II)

The Kinks

The KinksVillage Green Preservation Society - 1968 -
Phenomenal Cat
excerpt 1   (flutes fill section , flute - Mk II)

                   excerpt 2   (rock guitar - Mk II)
                   

King Crimson

King CrimsonIn The Court Of The Crimson King - 1969 -
Epitaph   (3 violins, brass - Mk II)

                   The Court Of The Crimson King   (3 violins - Mk II)
                   

Pink Floyd

Pink FloydUmmagumma - 1969 -
Sysyphus part. 1   (3 violins, brass - Mk II)


Pink FloydAtom Heart Mother - 1970 -
Atom Heart Mother    (3 violins, brass - Mk II)

Barclay James Harvest

Barclay James HarvestBarclay James Harvest - 1970 -
Early Morning   (flute - M300A)


Barclay James HarvestBarclay James Harvest And Other Short Stories - 1971 -
After The Day   (violins - M300A)

Earth and Fire

Earth and FireSong Of The Marching Children - 1971 -
Storm And Thunder   (violins - M300A)

                   Song Of The Marching Children   (trombone - M300A)
                   

Van der Graaf Generator

Van der Graaf GeneratorPawn Hearts - 1971 -
A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers   (3 violins - M400)

Gentle Giant

Gentle GiantAcquiring The Taste - 1971 -
Pantagruel's Nativity   (violins - M300A)

Genesis

GenesisNursery Cryme - 1971 -
Seven Stones   (organ - Mk II)


GenesisFoxtrot - 1972 -
Watcher Of The Skies   (3 violins + brass + accordion - Mk II)


GenesisA Trick Of The Tail - 1976 -
Entangled   (8 voice choir - M400)

Matching Mole

Matching MoleMatching Mole - 1972 -
Instant Kitten   (flute - M400)

                   Immediate Curtain   (3 violins - M400)
                   

Yes

YesClose To The Edge - 1972 -
And You and I   (3 violins - M400)


YesTales From Topographic Oceans - 1973 -
The Ancient   (3 violins, cello - M400)

PFM

PFMPer Un Amico - 1972 -
Appena Un Po   (vibes, 3 violins - Mk II)

Gracious !

GraciousThis is... Gracious - 1972 -
Super Nova
excerpt 1   (saxophone - FX Console)

                   excerpt 2   (vibes, brass - FX Console)
                   

The Gracious! FX console is now owned by Damon Fox of the band Big Elf.

Led Zeppelin

Led ZeppelinHouses of the Holy - 1973 -
The Rain Song   (3 violins, cello - Mk II)

Contrary to a widespread idea, the introduction to Stairway to Heaven, from the Led Zeppelin IV album, was not played on a Mellotron, but on real flutes. Only the live version was played on a Mellotron M400.

Herbie Hancock

Herbie HancockMwandishi - 1971 -
Water Torture   (3 violins - M400)


Herbie HancockSextant - 1973 -
Hidden Shadows   (3 violins - M400)

Tangerine Dream

Tangerine DreamPhaedra - 1974 -
Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares   (3 violins, cello - M400)


Tangerine DreamRubycon - 1975 -
Part 1   (oboe - M400)

                   Part 2   (male choir - M400)
                   

Edgar Froese

Epsilon In Malaysian Pale - 1975 -
Epsilon In Malaysian Pale   (flute, 3 violins, cello - Mk V)

Edgar Froese's second solo album, recorded almost exclusively with a Mellotron

Harmonium

Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison - 1975 -
Histoires Sans paroles   (3 violins - M400)

Jan Hammer

First Seven Days - 1975 -
Darkness / Earth In Search Of A Sun   (3 violins - Mk V)

Jan Hammer's first solo album, long before the Miami Vice theme (!)

England

Garden Shed - 1977 -
Three Piece Suite   (brass, 3 violins - Mk II)

                   Poisoned Youth
                   excerpt 1   (timpani - Mk II)
                  
                   excerpt 2   (half speed 3 violins - Mk II)
                  

Robert Webb, the keyboard player, used a special Mellotron Mark II : it was divided vertically into two separate keyboard instruments and one half was fitted into a newly-made plywood case. This was done to make the instrument more portable for gigging and also to enable other keyboards to be mounted above it. Its nickname was The Black Melly or the Half-a-Tron.

» pictures of the Half-a-Tron

» England's web site, with a section about the famous Mellotron

Ange

AngeGuet-Apens - 1977 -
Dans Les Poches Du Berger   (3 violins - M400)

                   Capitaine Coeur de Miel   (male choir - M400)
                   

Ange never used a Mellotron before the Guet-Apens album. The sounds that you can find on all of their albums, and which is the band's main feature, is in fact that of a Viscount organ modified by a fiddled Hammond reverb.

Today, the Mellotron is back, and it is used by more and more musicians. Interestingly enough, it is not used exclusively by progressive bands anymore :

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik - 1991 -
Sir Psycho Sexy   (3 violins, cello - M400)

Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream - 1993 -
Spaceboy   (3 violins, cello, flute - M400)

Radiohead

RadioheadOK Computer - 1997 -
Exit Music   (8 voice choir - M400)

Air

AirVirgin Suicides - 2000 -
Playground Love   (3 violins - M400)

Anekdoten

AnekdotenNucleus - 2000 -
In Freedom   (vibes - M400)

Luke Temple

Hold A Match For A Gasoline World - 2005 -
Only A Ghost   (flute - M400)


And also, Oasis (M400 and FX Console), Pulp (Novatron 400), Julian Cope (2 x M400 and Mark II), Blur (M400), Lenny Kravitz (M400), JM Jarre (Novatron 400 and Mark II)...