Four-year prison sentence for blogger “Kareem Amer” (2007, EG) 
Friday, February 23, 2007, 10:34 AM - Personal, English


Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the four-year prison sentence imposed today by a court in Alexandria on Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman for “inciting hatred of Islam” and insulting President Hosni Mubarak in his blog, for which he used the pseudonym of “Kareem Amer.”

“This sentence is a disgrace,” the press freedom organisation said. “Almost three years ago to the day, President Mubarak promised to abolish prison sentences for press offences. Suleiman’s conviction and sentence is a message of intimidation to the rest of the Egyptian blogosphere, which had emerged in recent years as an effective bulwark against the regime’s authoritarian excesses.”

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Genesis - As Though Emerald City (1975, UK, symphonic rock) 
Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 07:29 PM - Music, - UK, English
Live at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, one of the largest theaters in the United States.



From their The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway period.
Side one is mainly work from this double lp, side two consists of the Musical Box plus two studio recordings: Happy the Man , a single from 1972 (released between Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot) and Twilight Alehouse, 1974, the b-side of I Know What You Like In Your Wardrobe, a single taken from the album Selling England by the Pound.



"The live portions of this album will provide a quadraphonic sound when played on equipment utilizing the QS Matrix Decoding System."  WOW ! But what is it?
It is one of the many early attempts to get quadraphonic sound out of a stereo recording, based on phase shifting, to distinguish between what should be heard on the front and back speakers. The encoding was license free, but only Sansui sold decoding systems.



Side one:
1 Watcher of the Skies [7:57]
2 Lilywhite Lilith - The Wating Room - Anyway - It! [17:12]

Side two:
1 The Musical Box [11:38]
2 Happy the Man [2:54]
3 Twilight Ale House [7:50]

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Ralph Carmichael - The Electric Symphony (1970, US, electronic) 
Saturday, February 17, 2007, 10:40 PM - Music, - US, English
This is a religious Moog album on the Light record label. You can tell that from the titles, but you can hardly hear it. The music is good and the Moog well used. It is played by Clark Gassman, the same guy who played the Moog on Martin Denny's Exotic Moog. Ralph Carmichael was the director. Carmichael wrote and arranged pop tunes for Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, and Stan Freberg(!). And he composed for Bonanza, Lucy Ball and Danny Kaye shows.



I bought this record very cheap because it had a bump at the border. So the first track on each side is unplayable. Therefore I post mp3's I got via the web some years ago.

Side one:
1 All My Life
2 Bright New World
3 The New 23rd
4 I've Got Confidence
5 His Land

Side two:
1 He's There Waiting
2 A Quiet Place
3 Searching Questions
4 My Little World
5 The New Hallelujah

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Adrian Munsey - Main Theme (1981, UK, serious) 
Wednesday, February 14, 2007, 07:45 PM - Music, - UK, English
This single lacks the lonely sheep. But there is some sad singing on the b-side.



1 Main theme
2 I think it's going to rain today

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Pink Military - Do Animals Believe in God? (1980, UK, new wave/electronic) 
Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 06:39 PM - Music, - UK, English
The only lp of Pink Military. I like side two especially, four songs are competing for the White Noise Award. And the winner is Do Animals Believe in God? with nine points.
After this not so successfull album, Casey reformed the band and named it Pink Industry.



Side one:
1 Degenerated Man
2 I Cry
3 Did you see her
4 Wild West
5 Back on the London Stage
6 After Hiroshima

Side two:
1 Living in the Jungle
2 Dreamtime
3 War Games
4 Heaven , Hell
5 Do Animals Believe in God

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Update:
Other post of Pink Military stuff on Annie's Animal.
Even more downloads on Mezzanine Floors.
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Pink Military - Blood & Lipstick (1979, UK, new wave/electronic) 
Monday, February 12, 2007, 06:58 PM - Music, - UK, English
Pink Military is a band Jayne Casey formed with Nicky Cool, after Big in Japan broke up. Their first release was a 7" live ep Buddha Waking Disney Sleeping. This is their first and only 12". Side one has up tempo songs and side two is more experimental. I Cry is very different from the lp version (which I post tomorrow) and gets an eight on the White Noise Scale.



1 Spell Bound [2:34]
2 Blood & Lipstick [3:54]
3 Clown Town [4:56]
4 I Cry [6:03]

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Bob Callaghan - Instrumental Moog Synthesizer (1973, IT, electronic) 
Saturday, February 10, 2007, 02:07 AM - Music, - IT, English
This lp was a nice puzzle. If it wasn't for the four letter word on the cover, I wouldn't have purchased it. I bought it yesterday and I tried to figure out who played on it and why.
It's on a Dutch label, but clearly intended for the Italian market.
Most of the songs are played by Bob Callaghan, he had some hits with synthesizer covers at that time, the remaining tracks are mostly covers of the hit parade of October 1972 in Italy.
Two songs are played by 'Blue Marvin' on ARP. That is a pseudonym for Alberto Baldan Bembo, Blue Marvin is a nickname for the first model of the ARP 2600.
Very special is the Flamenco Moog by the Dan Lacksman Association. So, an early song of Dan Lacksman, later member of Telex and performer of Disco-Computer as Transvolta, a previous post of mine. Lacksman had an lp with the same title, I would love to hear that. And the 7" 'Happiness is a Cold Beer'.
A lot of the stuff is available on cd again.



Side one:
1 Il Gabbiano Infelice
2 Alone Again
3 Noi Due Nel Mondo E Nell'Anima
4 Love theme from the Godfather
5 Viaggio du un Poeta
6 Rusticano Moog

Side two:
1 Carmen Brasilia
2 The Flamenco Moog (Dan Lacksman Association)
3 Il Cammino dei Girasoli
4 Indian Fig
5 Penny (Blue Marvin)
6 My Intermezzo (Blue Marvin)

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