Monday, 8 June 2015

"Central Heating: Expanded Version” by HEATWAVE [featuring Rod Temperton] (2015 Big Break Records CD Reissue - Nick Robbins Remasters) - A Review by Mark Barry

AMAZON UK Purchase Link Above - AMAZON US LInk Below

"...Mind Blowing Decisions..."

Rod Temperton's HEATWAVE produced this winning 2nd LP in April 1978 on Epic in the USA and GTO Records in the UK (resplendent in its rather naff-looking radiator cover). The album spawned three huge hits - Mind Blowing Decisions", "The Groove Line" and "The Star Of The Story" (covered by George Benson on his 1980 "Give Me The Night" album).

This superb UK-released June 2015 Big Break Records CD Remaster on CDBBRX 0316 (Barcode 5013929061637) takes that 9-track Soul/Funk/Disco LP and adds on three very clever and desirable Bonus Tracks - "Wack The Axe" - an outtake from the "Central Heating" LP sessions that finally turned up as a non album track B-side to "Jitterbuggin'" on the GTO 12" single of 1981 - the other two are 12" Disco Versions of the funky "The Groove Line" and the wonderful Johnny Wilder gem "Mind Blowing Decisions". 

The CD is beautifully remastered by NICK ROBBINS at London's Sound Mastering (a hugely proficient Remaster Engineer who does a lot of work for Ace Records of the UK) and runs to 60:38 minutes with the bonuses. The 12-page booklet has detailed and informative liner notes by CHRISTIAN JOHN WIKANE - a NYC-based writer and lover of Soul Music. The usual classy presentation from BBR...

DJs have long lusted after the US 12" single of "Mind Blowing Decisions" on Epic 28-50597 (released August 1978) because it extends the album cut from 4:19 minutes to a tasty 7:32 minutes giving you a wicked sort of Reggae Groove in the runout passage before it returns to the slinky tune and smooth vocals. The funk marathon of "The Groove Line" is equally brilliant in its extended form. 

Fans of Rod Temperton (famously wrote large chunks of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" LP) should note that he penned "Put the Word Out", "Send Out For Sunshine", "Central Heating", "The Groove Line", "The Star of The Story", "Party Poops" and "Leavin' For A Dream" while Johnny Wilder wrote the two singles "Happiness Together" and "Mind Blowing Decisions".

The entire album isn't genius - but the great Audio, tasty presentation and those Soul Funk nuggets make it a must buy for fans...

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