Central Heating (Heatwave album)

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Central Heating
Central heating heatwave album.jpg
Studio album by Heatwave
Released 1977 (UK); March 31, 1978 (US)
Recorded 1977
Studio 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
(1976)Too Hot To Handle1976
Central Heating
(1978)
Hot Property
(1979)Hot Property1979
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 1977 on the GTO label in the UK and in '78 on the Epic label in the US. It was produced by Barry Blue.

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.

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

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rod Temperton, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) 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 Writer(s) Length
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

Personnel[edit]

  • Johnnie Wilder Jr. - Lead backing and choir vocals, congas.
  • Keith Wilder - Lead Vocals
  • Rod Temperton - Fender Rhodes piano, clavinet and synthesizers, acoustic piano and organ ( Betsy)
  • Mario Mantese - Bass guitar
  • Eric Johns - Electric lead and rhythm guitars, Spanish Guitar
  • Ernest "Bilbo" Berger - Drums and Timbales
  • Roy Carter - Rhythm and Bass Guitar, Fender Rhodes piano and acoustic piano

with:

  • Frank Ricotti, Tristan Fry - percussion
  • Chris Payne - Trombones solo on "Happiness Togetherness"
  • Ron Mathieson - Acoustic bass on "Leaving for a Dream"
  • Pat Halling - String leader
  • Engineers- James Guthrie and Geoff Calver

Charts[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart
positions
UK
[3]
US
[4]
US
R&B

[4]
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. "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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