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The Goon Show Compendium, Vol. 6, Series 7, Part 2 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408468549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468548
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 5 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This set is a particularly good time for the series. The cast know their roles well, and the shows have a deft combination of surrealist humor, old vaudeville gags, and a wafer-thin plot to hang it all on. The set contains a few of the best known Goon Shows, including The Mysterious Punch-Up-The-Conker" (Sean Gaffney http://suitablefortreatment.mangabookshelf.com)

"12 Episodes from early 1957 have been digitally remastered giving the performances a greater clarity than ever before and making them sound like they were only recorded last week… untainted by the restraints of film and television show budgets and frequently blowing a raspberry in the face of realism… it is clear that the three stars of the show Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers are in their element" (Andy Howells https://suite.io)

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Twelve remastered episodes of the legendary series including one Special – plus bonus material.

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Finally. The BBC has decided to take its crown jewels and give them the treatment they deserve. Following from the excellent series of collectors editions of `Round The Horne' and `Navy Lark', the show we have all been waiting for is, at last, being restored, given some interesting extras and released in a definitive, comprehensive edition. Ladies and Gentlemen, it's the highly esteemed Goon Show!

The BBC only holds recordings from the beginning of series 5 onwards. Some series 4 episodes exist (and are finally being released in a separate edition here: The Goon Show: Series 4, Pt. 1 (Golden Age of BBC Radio Comedy)). Series 1-3 are, sadly, totally lost to us. Hence, this definitive collection began with series five, and aims to release all extant recordings the BBC still hold from all subsequent series.

If you're looking here you don't need to be told how good the humour is, so I will just review the release itself. Volume 6 collects the last 12 episodes from series 7 across 6 discs, with a seventh disc of the usual fascinating extras. The remastering is worthy of especial praise. In the main these episodes sound much better than they have in any other release. Much material has been restored, unfortunately this often comes from poor quality sources, so these restored sections are sometimes not of the same audio quality of the rest of the program. The restored snippets add much to the shows though. I'm very impressed with the overall quality. This really will be the definitive collection when finished.

This release contains 7 CDs, with two episodes per disc and extras on the seventh disc. These are collected into two 4 CD jewel cases, encased in a flimsy cardboard outer.
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The Goon Show is still the funniest Radio comedy I have ever
had the good fortune to accidentally come across at the tender
age of ten (I am as I make these comments a 49 year old wreck).
It took a World War to remove Spike's sanity and replace it with
the insight of an angel.
Do not buy these recordings if you are of a nervous disposition or
without any sense of humour.
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how can we ever thank spike milligan enough for all the wonderful madness he created? and his cohort, messrs sellers and secombe? the only downside to this set (and sadly this applies to the other sets in this series) is that they were unable to provide recordings of some of the shows that were licensed to emi. even worse that emi itself doesn't offer these recordings any more. where can you get "six charlies in search of an author" and other brilliant but missing shows?
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Always liked the Goons for a fairly early age . I used to listen to the show on the wireless before the TV was universally available.
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