Central Heating (Heatwave album)

Central Heating is the second studio album by funk-disco band Heatwave.[4] It was released in 1977 on the GTO label in the UK and in 1978 on the Epic label in the US. It was produced by Barry Blue. Central Heating sold more than a million copies in its first two years of release.[5]

Central Heating
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 31, 1978 (US); April 1977 (UK)
Recorded1976 - 1977
StudioAudio International Studio, Utopia Studios, Morgan Studios & Marquee Studios, Air Studios, London, UK
GenreR&B, funk, disco
LabelGTO (UK)
Epic (US)
ProducerBarry Blue
Heatwave chronology
Too Hot to Handle
Central Heating
Hot Property
Singles from Central Heating
  1. "The Groove Line"
    Released: 1977 - 1978
  2. "Mind Blowing Decisions"
    Released: 1977 - 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideC−[2]
The Virgin Encyclopedia of R&B and Soul[3]

It was the last Heatwave album to feature bassist Mario Mantese and guitarist Eric Johns, as well as the first to feature new member Roy Carter on guitar. The album was also the final performance of Rod Temperton as an official member of Heatwave, although he would continue to write songs for the band after his departure until 1982.

The song "Star of a Story" appeared on George Benson's album Give Me the Night, a song written by Temperton, which was produced by Quincy Jones.

The album was remastered and reissued with bonus tracks in 2015 by Big Break Records.

Track listing edit

All tracks are written by Rod Temperton, except where noted

Side one
1."Put the Word Out" 6:36
2."Send Out for Sunshine" 4:28
3."Central Heating" 4:46
4."Happiness Togetherness"Johnnie Wilder, Jr.4:00
Side two
5."The Groove Line" 4:20
6."Mind Blowing Decisions"Johnnie Wilder, Jr.4:16
7."The Star of a Story" 5:45
8."Party Poops" 3:51
9."Leavin' for a Dream" 3:23
2015 remastered reissue bonus tracks
10."Wack That Axe"3:46
11."The Groove Line" (12" Disco Version)7:26
12."Mind Blowing Decisions" (12" Disco Version)7:31

Personnel edit

  • Johnnie Wilder Jr. - lead, backing, and choir vocals, congas
  • Keith Wilder - lead vocals
  • Rod Temperton - Fender Rhodes piano, clavinet, synthesizers, acoustic piano, organ
  • Mario Mantese - bass guitar
  • Eric Johns - electric lead and rhythm guitars, Spanish Guitar
  • Ernest "Bilbo" Berger - drums, timbales
  • Roy Carter - rhythm and bass guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, acoustic piano


  • Frank Ricotti, Tristan Fry - percussion
  • Chris Payne - trombone solo on "Happiness Togetherness"
  • Ron Mathieson - acoustic bass on "Leaving for a Dream"
  • Pat Halling - string leader

Charts edit

Chart (1978) Peak
UK Albums Chart[6] 26
Billboard Top LPs[7] 10
Billboard Top Soul LPs[7] 2

Singles edit

Year Title Peak chart

1978 "The Groove Line" 12 7 3
"Mind Blowing Decisions" 12 49

References edit

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Central Heating > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: H". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 26, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of R&B and Soul. Virgin. p. 150.
  4. ^ Baker, Arthur (30 Mar 1978). "Breakdown". Bay State Banner. No. 25. p. 15.
  5. ^ Partipilo, Vic (23 Feb 1979). "On Location". Oakland Post. No. 216. p. 4.
  6. ^ a b "UK Charts > Heatwave". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  7. ^ a b c d "US Charts > Heatwave". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-09-19.

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