Surgeon ‎– Surgeon EP

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Released in December 1994. First 300 came with Downwards plastic bag and postcard.

Tracklist

Magneze
Move
Atol
Argon

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Versions (9)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
12 PLINK 6 Surgeon Surgeon EP(12", EP) Downwards 12 PLINK 6 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 PLINK 6 Surgeon Surgeon EP(12", EP, TP) Downwards 12 PLINK 6 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Lino 06 Surgeon Surgeon EP(12", EP, RP) Downwards Lino 06 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Lino 06 Surgeon Surgeon EP(12", EP, RP) Downwards Lino 06 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Lino 06 Surgeon Surgeon EP(12", EP, RP) Downwards Lino 06 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SRX 001 Surgeon Surgeon EP(12", EP, RE, RM) SRX SRX 001 UK 2014 Sell This Version
SRX001 Surgeon Surgeon EP(4xFile, FLAC, EP, RM) SRX SRX001 UK 2014
SRX 001 Surgeon Surgeon EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, RE, RM, 320) SRX SRX 001 UK 2014
LINO006 Surgeon Surgeon EP(4xFile, MP3, 320) Downwards LINO006 UK Unknown

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maroko

maroko

August 29, 2020
referencing Surgeon EP, 12", EP, 12 PLINK 6

I actually went through three different versions of this record I got sitting on the shelf. This is an old school favorite, so before getting all sensitive about the sound, make sure you're really getting a playable version that is worth the investment. Most of the copies floating around are 25 years old and have been played persistently as some of Tony's career calling cards are on here (Magneze and Atol).

That said, the early Downwards releases are more or less devoid of any post production treatment, skillful engineering touches and mastering interventions that make you stand in awe. The sound is dry, brash and loud. In essence, and with time's assistance, the perennial weapons the label's output has. There is a reason why people are still going nuts about some of the early Downwards catalog, despite it being quite old now. Because it's pure, loud, raw and stubborn. Not delicate and tonally tweaked to ear lobe heaven. Quite loud too. That said, the above does not make it good. This loudness and ballsy approach worked like a charm at the time. They still do.

But a fresh-er ear, and I don't mean this is as an offence, frequently notices a lack of low end response on these techno classics some of us love so much. Although that is relative as well. Not enough, too much, too loud, no clarity. Compared to what exactly?
Personally, when I am in the mood for this EP, then it's the SRX reissue that has the honors. The older ones are, man, soooo played it's crazy.
On the other hand, this along with the remainder of the SRX reissue catalog, is a perfect example of how much fresh life can a skilled and focused engineer breathe into material that is 2 decades old.
The old Downwards records have this trademark dry and direct sound platform. It's not really a matter of good or bad. It's really more a question of is your ear accustomed to it and for what purpose would your be getting the record.

Sound wise, the greatest - relativity issue again - advantage of the early pressings compared to the SRX reissue is the fact that they were cut to play at 45RPM. Should that be a concern? No. Magneze gonna sound like Magneze I don't care if you consume chicken mcnuggets and Diet Coke with it.
If you are going for the nineties pressing, just make sure it's from a reliable buyer, as this EP was the hot pancake on everyone's plate for a very, very long time.
SoSuess

SoSuess

August 24, 2020
referencing Surgeon EP, 12", EP, RP, Lino 06
Can someone comment on the quality of the repress? Thanks!
libogodoi

libogodoi

February 25, 2020
referencing Surgeon EP, 12", EP, 12 PLINK 6
Best surgeon EP released ! 4 brilliant masterpieces !! Atol is one of the best..
ConsciousRythmZ

ConsciousRythmZ

September 12, 2019
referencing Surgeon EP, 12", EP, 12 PLINK 6

The track Atol is a real banger! This is definitely my favorite track and has stood the test of time. I put this track on and the place begins to move. It hits now like it was when it was released. Great track!
BinkyLand

BinkyLand

November 9, 2018
referencing Surgeon EP, 12", EP, RP, Lino 06
Magneze rocked the Orbit in Morley every single week ! Serious techno business.
gentlepunks

gentlepunks

October 11, 2018
referencing Surgeon EP, 12", EP, RP, Lino 06
4 huge tracks. Timeless. I played Atol so often in the TRESOR (Leipziger Str.) .
aureliensmart

aureliensmart

June 10, 2018
referencing Surgeon EP, 12", EP, RP, Lino 06

One of best Surgeon EP released in my point of view!
LavrentPhl

LavrentPhl

February 2, 2016
referencing Surgeon EP, 12", EP, 12 PLINK 6
Magneze in Jeff Mills Mix-up Vol.2 is the force of the set. 20 years after feel the same
clearybuzz

clearybuzz

October 22, 2014
referencing Surgeon EP, 12", EP, RE, RM, SRX 001
the front cover says 45rpm but im pretty sure both sides play at 33rpm. doesn't bother me, all the tracks sound great. cant wait for the other 5 to come.
Jasjeet

Jasjeet

June 4, 2014
referencing Surgeon EP, 4xFile, MP3, 320, LINO006
this is THE ultimate techno release!! timeless work from the Surgeon.