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.
Immensely popular and hugely influential, legendary series "The Goon Show" changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this box set collection presents the episodes in chronological order of original broadcast date. This second volume includes: "Ye Bandit of Sherwood Forest", "Nineteen Eighty-Five", "The Case of the Missing Heir", "Under Two Floorboards", "The Missing Scroll", "Nineteen Eighty-Five" (remake), "The Sinking of Westminster Pier", "The Fireball of Milton Street", "The Six Ingots of Leadenhall Street", "Yehti", "The White Box of Great Bardfield" and "The End".Also featured are some rare archive bonus items, including the unbroadcast and previously unreleased version of "The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler" (of Bexhill-on-Sea). Two illustrated booklets tell the story of the show's development with reference to original archive paperwork, plus the history of the recordings themselves. Remastered using new material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are sure to appeal to all collectors of "The Goon Show".See all Product description
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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.
This release contains 7 CDs, with two episodes per disc. These are collected into two 4 CD jewel cases, encased in a flimsy cardboard outer. There are two booklets, one in each case, with essays, details for each episode and original Radio Times listings. There are also 4 postcards with Spike Milligan cartoons of some of the main characters.
Ye Bandit of Sherwood Forest
The Case of the Missinf Heir
Under Two Floorboards
The Missing Scroll
Nineteen Eighty-five (remake)
The Sinking Of Westminster Pier
The Fire Ball Of Milton Street
Eric Sykes Introduction to `The Sinking Of Westminster Pier'
The Six Ingots of Leadenhall Street
The White Box of Great Bardfield
The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill On Sea
The Lid Off The BBC
This really is as good as it gets. 5 stars for the episodes, and 5 for the quality of the release. Well done BBC, keep them coming!
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.