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 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 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.

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.) 4:16
7. "The Star of a Story"   5:45
8. "Party Poops"   3:51
9. "Leavin' for a Dream"   3:23
Bonus Tracks (2015 BBR reissue)
No. Title Length
10. "Mind Blowing Decisions (Extended Remix)"   7:33
11. "The Groove Line (Extended Remix)" (Johnnie Wilder, Jr.) 7:28


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


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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