Surgeon ‎– First

Tresor ‎– Tresor 72
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Repress, Brown Labels

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A1 First 4:40
A2 First (Regis Smethwick Alloy Mix)
Remix – Regis
B First (Outline Mix)
Remix – Outline

Companies, etc.



Brown label repress (Second pressing)
with a slightly different track order than on first pressings.

Side A at 33 Rpm; Side B at 45 Rpm.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 718752927260
  • Label Code: LC 7572
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): TRESOR 72 A² CGB@D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): TRESOR 72 B² CGB@D&M

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Tresor 72 Surgeon First(3xFile, MP3, 320) Tresor Tresor 72 2009
Tresor 72 Surgeon First(12", W/Lbl) Tresor Tresor 72 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
TRE/72, 74321 48582 1 Surgeon First(12") Tresor, Tresor TRE/72, 74321 48582 1 Europe 1997 Sell This Version



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December 19, 2009

First is one of my favorite tracks by Anthony Child released by Tresor, and one which skillfully combines the awkward synth work and straight up, dry and forceful drive of techno. It has this catchy sequence present throughout, and remains heavily emphasized all the way, which makes it memorable and discernable when compared to the remixes. Another layer comes in around the three minute mark.
Regis doesn't really live up to his name (or fame) with his take on First, as his remix drops all the dots, abbandons whatever it was that made the original stick in your head, and delivers a flat and utterly two dimensional tune, which repetitively pounds on without any particular goal in sight.
Outline's remix is a stomping, bass heavy monster, which will shake many dance floors for sure, and while to a certain degree it successfully incorporates the original's trademark synth work into all this madness, it just doesn't recreate the same magic and fails at capturing that synthetic feel of Surgeon's production. The synth work and the overall sound of this track are squeezed under the boomin' bass line. As though everything else was compressed and subdued to ensure that the bass had enough space to breathe. Unfortunately, not only does it breathe, but it kills everything else around it as well.
Overall, this is not Surgeon's finest moment on Tresor, although his original is more than worth listening to. It lands somewhere between his debut album "Communications" and "Balance" released on Tresor. The remixes don't do it justice in my opinion.