- Released: August 29, 2005
- Label: American Gramaphone
- 2.Sunday Morning Breeze
- 4.Slo Dancin' in the Living Room
- 6.The Sign of Love
- 7.Teardrops, Raindrops
- 8.Chakra 4
- 10.The Seven Stars of the Big Dipper
- 11.Moonlight at Cove Castle
Mannheim Steamroller includes: Chip Davis.
Additional personnel: London Symphony Orchestra.
Digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Audio Mixer: Brian Ackley.
Liner Note Author: Chip Davis.
Recording information: 5.1 Array; American Gramaphone; CRC Chicago; CTS London; Fancy Field Recordings The 5.1 Array; Sound Recorders; University Of Downstairs, Chip's House.
Photographer: Scott Dobry.
A pioneer of the highly accessible, lushly melodic hybrid style that would eventually come to be called "new age," Chip Davis (who releases albums under the alias of Mannheim Steamroller) was already recording his unique brand of modern easy listening when Yanni and John Tesh were still taking beginner piano lessons. ROMANTIC MELODIES is a wonderfully soothing collection of love-themed compositions culled from Davis's nearly three decades' worth of releases. Though the instrumentation varies from track to track, the basic Mannheim Steamroller sound has remained remarkably consistent throughout the years, so the album is completely cohesive. Many songs feature gentle synthesizer or acoustic piano melodies backed with strings (often played by the London Symphony Orchestra), Kenny G-ish saxophone, and an occasional rock band-style keyboard/bass/drums ensemble. All the pieces have a lilting quality that would make them appropriate for cinematic love scenes, making ROMANTIC MELODIES one disc that's exactly as advertised.