Central Heating (Heatwave album)

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Central Heating
Central heating heatwave album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 31, 1978 (US); April 1978 (UK)
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
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC–[2]

Central Heating is the second album by funk-disco band Heatwave, released in 1978 on the GTO label in the UK and 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 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


  • 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


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 (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. ^ 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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