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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
W2-30074 The Tear Garden The Last Man To Fly(CD, Album) Nettwerk W2-30074 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
NET 027 CD, 400.0027.20 The Tear Garden The Last Man To Fly(CD, Album) Nettwerk Europe, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] NET 027 CD, 400.0027.20 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
W4-30074 The Tear Garden The Last Man To Fly(Cass, Album) Nettwerk W4-30074 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
W2-30074, 0 6700 30074 2 9 The Tear Garden The Last Man To Fly(CD, Album) Nettwerk, Nettwerk W2-30074, 0 6700 30074 2 9 US 1993 Sell This Version
none The Tear Garden The Last Man To Fly(13xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Nettwerk Productions none US 2009
none The Tear Garden The Last Man To Fly(12xFile, ALAC, Album, RE, RM) Not On Label (The Legendary Pink Dots Self-released) none Netherlands 2012
none The Tear Garden The Last Man To Fly(12xFile, FLAC, Album, RM) Not On Label (The Legendary Pink Dots Self-released) none Netherlands 2012

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Yage_2097

Yage_2097

May 10, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing The Last Man To Fly, CD, Album, NET 027 CD, 400.0027.20

The Tear Garden's second albums marks a futher development of a music project originaly started by cEvink Key (from Skinny Puppy) and Edward Ka-Spel (from The Legendary Pink Dots). The first album "Tired Eyes Slowly Burning" conistet of this two main members and sounded very much like a Goth Rock/Ethereal Electro version of the first Skinny Puppy and Legendary Pink Dots albums. On this second output the Tear Garden became a "big band" like mentioned by Edward Ka-Spel. With the addition of LPD masterminds Phil Knight, Martijn de Kleer and Ryan Moore it's not a big surprise that the sound of The Tear Garden became more psychedelic and rocky, just like the LPD albums from this time. And we should not forget the addition of Dwayne Goettel from Skinny Puppy, who in cooperation with Phil Knight make a very good electronic mastermind duo. Not a member at this time was Niels Van Hoorn, which is imho a small loss, because his qualities as a saxophone and flute player would fit very well in this allready outstanding album.
Like I mentioned before this album markes a strong departure from the electro sounds of it's predecessor adding a strong psychedelic feel by adding mostly organic instruments. Especially Martijn De Kleer guitarwork makes " The Last Man To Fly" a beautiful homage to Pink Floyd without being a poor copy of their sound. Dwayne Goettels synth and piano works are as always top notch, especially on "A Ship Named 'Despair'". But again the project draws it's strengh from Edward Ka-Spels lyrics and the fantastic, precise collaborations of the former bandmembers, leading to close friendships them. The tracks fell more like jam sessions and some of them even are ("Empathy With The Devil", "The Running Man"). Some jam portions even have small appearances on Skinny Puppy's album "Last Rights" from the same year. Indeed even the topics have a similar apocalyptic/melancholic vein.
Like I mentioned in a review for "Last Rights" the time around 1992 was a very dramatic and drug influenced time in the lifes of Key and Goettel and even "The Green Guy" (SP's supposed hash dealer) is mentioned as a member for this album. So it's not a surprise that this album sounds like a cosmic trip, but in a damn good way, matching the beautiful cover artwork perfectly.
Exdel

Exdel

February 13, 2011
referencing The Last Man To Fly, CD, Album, W2-30074
It baffles me how this album was never released on vinyl. This would be such a great addition to my collection. From start to finish this album is beyond anything i've ever heard before. Edward Ka-spel, cEvin Key and Dwayne R. Goettel are gods!!!