Central Heating

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
If you could use only one adjective to describe Heatwave's sound, it would be "smooth." The band's romantic ballads and slow jams were the epitome of smooth, and that adjective also describes many of their up-tempo funk grooves. This isn't to say that Heatwave's funk lacked grit -- it had plenty of grit, but even so, it was an undeniably smoother style of funk than Parliament/Funkadelic, James Brown, Tower of Power, Rick James, or the Bar-Kays. In fact, when Kool & the Gang switched to a smoother, sleeker approach in 1979 and hired J.T. Taylor as its new lead vocalist, Heatwave was a big influence. The Kool & the Gang that emerged on 1979's Ladies' Night is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
If you could use only one adjective to describe Heatwave's sound, it would be "smooth." The band's romantic ballads and slow jams were the epitome of smooth, and that adjective also describes many of their up-tempo funk grooves. This isn't to say that Heatwave's funk lacked grit -- it had plenty of grit, but even so, it was an undeniably smoother style of funk than Parliament/Funkadelic, James Brown, Tower of Power, Rick James, or the Bar-Kays. In fact, when Kool & the Gang switched to a smoother, sleeker approach in 1979 and hired J.T. Taylor as its new lead vocalist, Heatwave was a big influence. The Kool & the Gang that emerged on 1979's Ladies' Night is certainly a lot more Heatwave-like than the gutbucket, down-and-dirty Kool & the Gang of "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging." And it isn't hard to hear the parallels between Taylor and Heatwave's Johnnie Wilder. It's safe to assume that when Kool & the Gang was reinventing itself, its members had Too Hot to Handle and Central Heating in their collections. With this excellent sophomore effort, Heatwave lived up to the promise it showed on Too Hot to Handle. The invigorating funk smash "The Groove Line" became a disco-era anthem, and the album's other big hit, "Mind Blowing Decisions," is a quiet-storm classic. From up-tempo funk grooves like "Party Poops" and "Put the Word Out" to the romantic Northern soul of "Happiness Togetherness" and "Leaving for a Dream," Central Heating is among Heatwave's strongest releases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972399720
  • Catalog Number: 723997
  • Sales rank: 7,201

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Heatwave Primary Artist
John Cameron Conductor
Ernest Berger Drums, Timbales
Roy Carter Piano, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, fender rhodes
Tristan Fry Percussion
Patrick Halling Leader
Eric Johns Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, spanish guitar
Mario Mantese Bass, Bass Guitar
Christopher Payne Trombone
Rod Temperton Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Keith Wilder Vocals
Johnnie Wilder Jr. Conductor, Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
John Cameron Arranger
Geoff Calver Engineer
James Guthrie Engineer, Remixing
Andy Jackson Remixing
Barry Blue Producer
Michael Ross Cover Design
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