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The Goon Show Compendium, Vol. 4, Series 6, Part 2 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 7 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (25 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140841046X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408410462
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 5 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 822,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Thirteen episodes of the legendary series, including one Special.

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.

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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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, 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 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 e told how good the humour is, so I will just review the release itself. Volume 4 collects the last 13 episodes from series 6, a contemporary special called `The Goon Show Hits Wales', a warm up routine, an alternative version of the opening to `The Great Tuscan Salami Scandal', and introduction from Ted Wray for `The Jet Propelled NAAFI' along with a tribute to Peter Sellers from Harry Secombe broadcast before the episodes was repeated in the week Sellers died and finally some bits and pieces from `Scradje' that were of too low a quality toput in the main episode. `Tales of Old Dartmoor' is still held to ransom by EMI and is here as a PDF of the script only. This is a shame, these occasional missing episodes are the only blight on an otherwise excellent series of releases.

The remastering is worthy of especial praise. In the main these episodes sound much better than they have in any other release.
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The most fervid lovers of these CDs will be the shrinking number of folks who worshipped the original BBC radio comedies. Everyone and every skit is completely crazy (and extremely funny.)
The casts of Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan were perfect comedians who played a gamut of kooks.
If you have a kooky sense of humour you will love the shows.
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WHAT CAN ONE SAY ABOUT THE GOONS THAT HAS NOT BEEN SAID ALREDY. ITS GOOD THAT WE STILL HAVE THEM.
BUT THE PRICE IS MUCH TO MUCH.
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The three crackpots are polishing they're craft .very very funny.
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