- Audio CD: 13 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (9 April 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405687746
- ISBN-13: 978-1405687744
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.3 x 14.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Goon Show Compendium, Vol. 2, Series 5, Part 2: v. 2 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Twelve episodes of the groundbreaking series, plus one bonus unbroadcast show.
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.
Born in Oldham in 1923 Eric Sykes was first introduced to showbusiness whilst in the RAF and went on to write for hit BBC radio shows and appear in TV variety shows whilst writing for comedy greats such as Peter Sellers and Frankie Howerd. Although he is over eighty, Sykes continues to work, havingrecently starred in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Top Customer Reviews
The BBC only holds recordings from the beginning of series 5 onwards. Some series 4 episodes exist, but due to licensing problems I don't hold out any hope for these episodes appearing anytime soon. Series 1-3 are, sadly, totally lost to us. Hence, this definitive collection begins 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 e told how good the humour is, so I will just review the release itself. Volume 2 collects the last 12 episodes from series 5, an unbroadcast recording of the `dreaded batter pudding hurler' in which Peter Sellers plays all Spike Milligan's parts as well as his own, an introduction to `the sinking of Westminster Pier' by co-author Eric Sykes, a contemporary look at the recording of the Goon show and a contemporary critical review. China Story is still sadly missing, and present only as a script in PDF form. 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 sound quite bad. 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.Read more ›
This boxset is really for fanatics and completists like me and those who wish to encourage the BBC to continue to issue as much of the Goon Show in chronological order as possible. I do hope they continue to do so but hope for better quality next time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
things are really warming up now,and plenty of fascinating info,and lots of great [natural] humourPublished on 27 Sept. 2014 by alan paul gadd
Item came very promptly. A much desired addition to my collection. Many thanks.Published on 24 Aug. 2014 by Dennis James
To replace old cassette version that doesn't have that hissing sound and to get up to date technology
Nice to have a complete set to hand
Prompt delivery and very... Read more