The Goon Show Compendium, Vol. 3, Series 6, Part 1 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Thirteen episodes of the legendary series, including one previously unreleased 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.
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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 3 collects the first 13 episodes from series 6, outtakes, a Home service continuity announcement regarding the delay of the episode `Pevensey Bay Disaster' and a couple of contemporary interviews with Peter Sellers, in and out of character, including him singing `walking backwards to Christmas'. 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.
The Man Who Won The War
The Secret Escritoire
The Lost Emperor
The Case Of The Missing CD Plates
The International Christmas Pudding
The Pevensey Bay Disaster
The Sale Of Manhattan
The Terrible Revenge Of Fred Fu Man Chu
The Lost Year
The Greenslade Story
What Goes On
The Listening Room
Home Service Continuity
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!