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Sandy Denny: Live at the BBC – The great British songstress Sandy Denny died 30 years ago last April. As this superlative four disc set of BBC recordings (including a DVD of 1971 performances) underscores, no one has yet matched the poetic directness of her writing or the gorgeously understated finesse of her vocals. The first disc offers the essentials without the orchestral excess of her later solo records. But a bootleg-ish 1971 take on Blackwaterside with Richard Thompson typlifies the treasures here.

Sly and the Family Stone: Greatest Hits – When is a greatest hits album more than just an assemblage of popular tracks? In the case of this 1970 Sly Stone anthology, it is the opportunity to show off non-album hits – Hot Fun in the Summertime and Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – along with such muscular album title-tune singles as Stand! and Dance to the Music. The result reflects the soul-pop serenity and rich earthy funk of the Woodstock era’s most industrious and enduring R&B rockers. Perfect summer music.

Ronnie Earl: Heart and Soul – Another sterling sampler from one of the most underappreciated blues stylists of our age.  Compiled from albums released between 1983 and 2003, including his extraordinary Black Top recordings, the one-time Roomful of Blues guitarist delivers loads of tasty, piledriving grooves. But when the attitude cools, as on I Smell Trouble (with Fabulous Thunderbird Kim Wilson on vocals) and Catfish Blues, the blues mood of Heart and Soul positively glows.

Sun Ra: Nothing Is – Sun Ra loved to tell audiences he and his band were from outer space. But as the wonderfully animated playing on this 1966 scrapbook of New York college performances attests, Ra’s music was further out in space than Ra himself ever was. The bits of broken bop, ragtime twists, chants and symphonic deconstruction sound as confrontational on the two-minute Imagination as they do on the 13 minute Shadow World. What Frank Zappa was to rock ‘n roll, Sun Ra was to jazz.

Old 97s: Blame It on Gravity – Rhett Miller and company remain indie-rock’s great Americana-drenched recyclers on Gravity. The album zooms instantly to life with a frenzied electric strum that could pass for an El Paso version of Pinball Wizard. Even crazier is the rockish tango with a zooming intro that sounds like a cross between Dick Dale and Rush. There are bursts of pure pop ingenuity, too, like Ride. But Miller still provides a hapless undercurrent to it all as an inviting, restless and slightly over-anxious host.




US Fed News Service, Including US State News October 15, 2010 ATLANTA, Oct. 14 — The Georgia Department of Labor issued the following news release:

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said today that the Georgia Department of Labor will sponsor a career expo and job fair for employers and job seekers in the Albany area. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, from 1-4 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center, located at 100 West Oglethorpe Boulevard in Albany.

“The response for this event from employers has been excellent,” said Commissioner Thurmond. “Hopefully, this is an indication of good things to come in Southwest Georgia. Hiring in the private sector must occur across the state to allow our economy to fully recover. I encourage area job seekers to take full advantage of the resources that will be available at this career expo and job fair, as well as those at the Georgia Department of Labor’s Albany Career Center.” Staff members of the labor department will be on-hand to conduct workshops and assist job seekers with resume writing and on-line job applications. here albany technical college

The event will feature approximately 75 employers, educational institutions, and resource agencies that provide assistance to job seekers. Some employers will be hiring, while others will be discussing possible future employment opportunities with the job seekers and other organizations will be providing educational and other resources. Applicants should bring plenty of resumes and be prepared to fill out company applications and interview for available job openings.

Among employers, educational institutions, and resource agencies expected to participate in the career expo and job fair are the Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department, Albany Technical College, Ameri Corps Vista, AT&T, Central Monitoring, Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Cumulus Media, Dougherty County Police Department, Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office, Equity Group, Experience Works, Georgia Department of Corrections/Albany P.



C.,, Liberty National Insurance, Lowe’s of Moultrie, Mediacom Communications, Papa John’s Pizza, Rescare Homecare, SafeAire Heating and Cooling, Senior Life Insurance Company, Sowega Financial Services, Turner Job Corps Center, Tyson Foods, U. here albany technical college

S. Army, U.

S. Department of Agriculture/Food and Drug Administration, U.

S. Navy, U.

S. Secret Service, and Waffle House.

For more information about the career expo and job fair, contact the Albany Career Center at (229) 430-5010. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at

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