Colonel AbramsMusic Is The Answer

Label:Streetwise – SWRL 2235
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Style:Disco, Garage House


AMusic Is The Answer (Vocal)
Backing VocalsJ. Sylvers*, M. Freeman*, T. McDowell
Written-ByC. Abrams*, M. Freeman*, W. Jones*
B1Music Is The Answer (Dub Version)
Backing VocalsJ. Sylvers*, M. Freeman*, T. McDowell
Mixed ByC. Abrams*, M. Freeman*, W. Jones*
Written-ByC. Abrams*, M. Freeman*, W. Jones*
B2Leave The Message Behind The Door
Mixed By, Arranged ByColonel Abrams
Written-ByC. Abrams*, M. Freeman*

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Nimbus 9, mixed at Blank Tapes
© & ℗ Streetwise Records 1984

Comes in a generic die cut Streetwise jacket made in Canada

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A Etched & Stamped): ☆PRESSED AT SOUND MAKER.☆N.J. MASTERING BY FRANKFORD/WAYNE NEW YORK HERbIE JR :v) SWRL-2235-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B Etched & Stamped): ☆PRESSED AT SOUND MAKER.☆N.J. MASTERING BY FRANKFORD/WAYNE NEW YORK HERbIE JR :v) SWRL-2235-B

Other Versions (5 of 15)

View All
Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Music Is The Answer (12", 45 RPM)Streetwise120·10·002Germany1984
Recently Edited
Music Is The Answer (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo, Stereo)StreetwiseSWRL 2235US1984
Recently Edited
Music Is The Answer (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Stereo)StreetwiseSWRL 2235US1984
New Submission
Music Is The Answer (7", 45 RPM, Promo)StreetwiseSWRL 1135US1984
Recently Edited
Music Is The Answer (7", 45 RPM, Single)PRT7P 336UK1984



  • alexntb's avatar
    Excellent proto-house / proto-garage from Yvonne Turner although her name won't show up on the label. Historically important, for both women in dance music and for dance music generally.
    • DHHHHH's avatar
      Amazing Track "Music is the answer" Glad to have a copy signed by Colonel Abrams & he said it best.

      "We should come together as people & show more love. We gotta help our kids, We gotta motivate our kids & we gotta let them know how we grew up listening to positive music right? Alright. & I think we need more positive music for the youth".

      RIP November 24, 2016, New York, NY RIP
      • Mr.Fonk's avatar
        Edited one year ago
        This is neither Disco nor House Music. It's Garage, or "Club" as the Paradise Garage regulars called it. It has all the elements of House Music very clearly though.

        This sound evolved from the music scene built around the Garage and the Zanzibar club in the early 80s. It might sound groundbreaking to today's ears but actually it's just the logical progression of Garage tunes like "Visual - The music got me" or The Peech Boys 1...2 years earlier. Gold standard classic, of course, but it didn't come "out of the blue."

        You can hear Larry play the Dub Mix on this mix:
        • wbwolf's avatar
          And we should note that it was criminal that Yvonne Turner who produced this house gem was completely left off the credits.
          • dm85's avatar
            The lyrics to this gem have never been so relevant and inspiring. It embodies the original and dare I say 'true' spirit of house music - peace, love and unity.

            'We need unity - one family'

            Maybe music is the answer because it is 'something we can all relate to', as it says (though I'm not sure this track would initially be to everyone's taste...).

            Larry Levan, the original maestros' approach, was to play the records he believed in again and again on the same night until mere mortals got them too and danced. Many of these tracks became anthems of the era, are still relevant and played, or formed the basis of what came next and is still happening on the best dancefloors in the world (and in the charts!).

            Also of course the inspiration for Danny Tenaglia's 'Music Is The Answer' track, though not sampled or anything. It appears various key thinkers have spotted this link throughout history, sometimes singing about it and in this case dropping what is thought by some to be THE VERY FIRST HOuSE TRACK.
            • mikkelbreiler's avatar
              lever I cannot define house. I know I like this. For a variety of reasons, mainly the time I heard it first aswell as the DJ who played it and I think the radio station never played it again ever. And through time this is still a favourite of mine and it probably will be for years to come.
              • lever's avatar
                Many people argue that this is the firt ever house record. Many people argue that there are hundreds of records that could be the first ever house record. Regardless this is pretty early, all the elements are there and it could well be, but the wider question is; what exactly is house music? or more importantly 'house music? I'd say it isn't but nevertheless a memorable moment in dance music history.



                45 For Sale from $2.00


                • Have:575
                • Want:568
                • Avg Rating:4.62 / 5
                • Ratings:104
                • Last Sold:
                • Lowest:$1.99
                • Median:$5.65
                • Highest:$19.15

                Videos (8)