Central Heating (Heatwave album)

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Central Heating
Studio album by Heatwave
Released 1978
Recorded 1977-1978 at Audio International Studio, Utopia Studios, Morgan Studios & Marquee Studios, Air Studios. London, UK
Genre R&B, Funk, Disco
Length 38:32
Label GTO (UK)
Epic (US)
Producer Barry Blue
Heatwave chronology
Too Hot To Handle
Central Heating
Hot Property
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C- [2]

Central Heating is the second album by funk-disco band Heatwave, released in 1978 on the GTO label in the UK and the Epic label in the US. It was produced by Barry Blue. It was also the last Heatwave album to feature both Mario Mantese and Eric Johns and the first to feature new member Roy Carter.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Rod Temperton, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
5. "The Groove Line"   4:20
6. "Mind Blowing Decisions" (Johnnie Wilder, Jr.) 4:46
7. "The Star of a Story"   5:46
8. "Party Poops"   3:51
9. "Leavin' for a Dream"   3:23


  • Johnnie Wilder, Jr. – lead vocals, backing vocals, choir vocals, congas
  • Rod Temperton – Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, synthesizers, acoustic pianos, organ
  • Keith Wilder – lead vocals
  • Mario Mantese – bass guitar
  • Eric Johns – electric lead guitar, rhythm guitar, Spanish guitar
  • Ernest (Bilbo) Berger – drums, timbales
  • Roy Carter – rhythm guitar, bass guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, acoustic piano


Chart (1978) Peak
UK Albums Chart[3] 26
Billboard Top LPs[4] 10
Billboard Top Soul LPs[4] 2


Year Title Peak chart

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


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Central Heating > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Central Heating > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  3. ^ a b "UK Charts > Heatwave". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d "US Charts > Heatwave". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 

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