Streetly Electronics Mellotron Tape Library

Mk II Brass

Definitely one of the 'classic' Mellotron sounds, this is. The recorded combined output of two saxophones, two trumpets and a trombone, this is a powerful and punchy sound much beloved of King Crimson, Rick Wakeman, The Moody Bluesand even John Lennon who thoughtfully recorded most of a demo of 'Strawberry Fields Forever' using the black Mellotron Mk II he kept on his half landing.

Never fails to impress. Never fails to scare small children either.

Of course, one of the most famous applications of this sound was in Tony Banksintroduction to 'Watcher Of The Skies' where the sound was equally mixed with Mk II Strings and accompanied by bass accordion on the left keyboard of the Mk II. A complicated piece with some rather cumbersome chords (which Banks chose because he thought they were the only ones that sounded 'right' on the instrument), this remains one of the choice numbers with which Mellotron Boresinsist on depressing their audience. However, if you are insistent on perpetuating this Appalling Crime then we can supply you with a special tape set featuring exactly the right mix.

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Click here to hear a sample of the 'Watcher Mix' sound