- Audio CD
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; A&M edition (2 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408470578
- ISBN-13: 978-1408470572
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Goon Show Classics (Vintage Beeb) Audio CD – Audiobook, 2 Feb 2012
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Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe star in two classic BBC Radio episodes, The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea and The Histories of Pliny the Elder.
About the Author
Spike Milligan was perhaps best known as one of the Goons. He went on to become one of Britain's foremost comic writers and performers. His bestselling titles include Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Puckoon and Where have all the Bullets Gone? He died in 2002.
Larry Stephens was a scriptwriter who wrote for several popular comedy shows in the 1950s, including The Tony Hancock Show and The Army Game. He is probably best known as co-writer of many Goon Show episodes, along with Spike Milligan. He died in 1959.
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Top Customer Reviews
I had of course heard many on them before both as repeats and from cassettes so the chance to listen on a CD in the car once more was wonderful.
In the first The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea (A war time location of the author Spike Milligan)
Minnie Baxter keeps being assaulted by hurtling batter puddings, but who could the hurler be? With no luck, the local police force have to call in Scotland Yard are called to investigate. And my what fun we have with a wonderful array of off the wall characters. Each and everyone beloved.
More is to follow in the second. The Histories of Pliny the Elder. Caraticus Seagoon (Harry Secome) finds himself captured and taken to the Coliseum and it's not to watch a film!
Here is a gripe. Why only 2 episodes on a CD surely this merits a 2 CD box set at least? Why include two episodes from 1954 and 1957? So one star deducted for that alone.
This will drive completists nuts. Although I suspect many will already have them on cassette and MP3s
Like many I have experienced a problem with the sound I may be old but I really had to crank up the speakers to get a decent level.
So what do we have.
Two brilliant shows with a massive 3 years between original broadcasts.
A worry that if we collect the CDs there will be duplications. Yet another method of collecting the Goons with all the added expense?
If you have not heard the Goons and don't know where to start you could do a whole lot worse than starting here.
BUT you will be addicted!! So beware.
The search for the Batter Pudding Hurler enjoys a post-war ironic reference to the accuracy of artillery divisions, who can distinguish between British and German matches, sending a volley of shells through the dark at the hapless Goons. Both programmes also feature the obligatory song (but sadly not the wonderful 'Ying-Tang Song'), including a straight version of 'Old Man River'.
Given the vintage of the shows (1954 & 1957), sound quality is respectable, even if the sound level means you may have to crank up the volume a little to ensure nothing is missed. To this listener, little of the comedy has aged, probably because of its original and surreal nature, but I found the songs adequate rather than gripping. A brilliantly imagined sound-world nevertheless, and an enduring classic comedy.
Truly a laugh out loud affair, surreal and downright daft.
The Goons are still attracting new listeners thanks to this re-release, and I have to say that the digital recording/remastering is excellent - something that the bbc do so well.
But I can't help but think that a little more could have been fitted on the disc. Not terribly good value for money in my opinion.
A good product regardless, and certainly a cd I shall be recommending to others!
The CD is a more or less straight re-issue of an early BBC vinyl release from 1974 (the first "Goon Show Classics") with replicated cover art, including 2 complete shows with the recurring musical interludes - other international releases were edited down and the music dropped. As such, the 2 shows included are particularly fine examples as they were effectively chosen as "best ofs" and form a great first taster of The Goons in their complete form. For anyone already convinced by the genius of Spike Milligan's scripts and Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe's performances, the BBC Radio Collection or Compendium releases offer a more cost effective way of collecting the various episodes, but this is an excellent tester for the uninitiated.
The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea
This was first broadcast in October 1954. Minnie Baxter keeps being assaulted by hurtling batter puddings, but who could the miscreant be? With no luck, the local police force have to call in Scotland Yard to see if they can solve the case. In a case that will take the police to Africa, will the mystery be eventually solved?
The Histories of Pliny the Elder
First broadcast in March 1957 here we find out what happened when the Romans first invaded Britain. After the invasion, Caraticus Seagoon and others find themselves taken to the Coliseum to entertain the Romans.
Of course you have here both Bluebottle and Eccles, everyone's favourite characters. With musical interludes and great sound effects these are timeless comedy classics that will give you years of entertainment.
The sound quality here is pretty good; however I did find that I had to increase the volume of my system to hear them properly, as they are quite quiet. That is the only gripe that I can find with this cd, and let's face it it doesn't take much to turn up the volume on your system. Always great fun to listen to and full of zany humour this cd is a must have for any collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the level of humour is astonishing,but the Compendium series are much better valuePublished on 27 Sept. 2014 by alan paul gadd
I does what is said on the cover. my son's enjoyed the Goon show on the radio, so I bought this for them they are happy with it.Published on 3 Nov. 2013 by Ms. J. E. Ainsworth
Great Plots but would like to hear morw of The Famous Eccles and Bluebottle, I feel though there are stronger plots on other stories.Published on 12 Jun. 2013 by Alan Booth
If I have to explain the Goons to you, then you shouldn't really be looking at this review in the first place. Read morePublished on 12 July 2012 by Simon Uglow