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Unique Hancock: (Vintage Beeb) [CD]

Unknown Artist Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 0
  • ASIN: 1408409828
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Unknown Artist - Unique Hancock (Vintage Beeb)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Snippets From the Lad Himself 3 Sep 2010
By Poldy
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This CD presents nine excerpts from Tony Hancock's radio shows. He is ably supported by stalwarts Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr, and Kenneth Williams. In my opinion, the best of the bunch is the first, `Almost a Gentleman', in which Hancock explains his ancestry, and shows his disgust at having been ignored in the New Year's Honours List yet again. It is a flight of lunacy beautifully crafted by his perennial writers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the men who penned all Hancock's TV and radio shows, and whose capacity for invention never flagged. In `Christmas, East Cheam Style', Hancock plays a modern-day Scrooge, pouring cold water all over his friends' plans for a perfect yuletide gathering, and allowing him to play-up to his curmudgeonly image. But he's not always so defeatist - in `P. C. Hancock', Tony and Bill decide the join the police and be a force for good, an idea which not surprisingly goes wrong from the first. Then, in `Michael Hancockelo', our boy decides to enter a sculpting competition, only to be told that all entries must be over ten feet tall. `That's coal-boxed that.' Says Tony, `I'm only five-feet nine.' Hattie then explains perspective to him, leading to the revelation that old Nelson wasn't fifteen feet tall. The remaining sketches are up to Galton and Simpson's, and Hancock's, usual high standard, and demonstrate perfectly why Hancock was so highly-regarded.

I had this album on LP and played it over and over. It's a delight finally to own it again on CD. The only downside is that each excerpt really leaves you wanting more.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hancock 21 July 2009
A great CD, I originally bought it on vinyl, so great to have it on the new medium at last. Classic Hancock clips, well worth having to re-live great classic comedy moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bite size vintage Hancock comedy 28 Aug 2013
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A very funny collection of various Hancock Half Hour segments that will entertain anyone who has a decent sense of humour i.e nothing vulgar - I hope that doesn't sound too sniffy. For me, "The Doctor's Dilemma" was the funniest sketch among the nine that are on this CD, it is a sketch that shows the interplay between Hancock and Kenneth Williams at it's best. The idea of Hancock going to the doctor only to be seen by a vet played by Williams is funny in itself, but add the writing of Galton and Simpson to the delivery of lines from Hancock and Williams makes the skit hilarious. Other episodes contain the usual Hancock line-up of Sid James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams who are all on good form. All sketches are good and the clarity of listening is excellent on the CD.

It would have been nice to find a little more detail on the sleeve notes such as what episodes each sketch came from as I know the Christmas episode is on the Hancock's Happy Christmas double CD under a different title. Also, I know that the recordings were originally released on vinyl back in '73 and therefore the nine sketches just about filled the limitation of what could be put on to vinyl, but a CD release could have had a couple more tracks added to it as a bonus. But I'm being over critical - the Unique Hancock CD as it is, is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars birthday present 21 May 2013
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got it for my husband for his birthday he was more than pleased as he's a great fan of hancock
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1.0 out of 5 stars Secret programmes! 20 Mar 2010
Why does no one tell us what is actually on this DVD? I will not buy something if I am not told what it is.
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