The Goon Show Compendium, Vol. 4, Series 6, Part 2 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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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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. 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 Hastings Flyer - Robbed!
The Mighty Wurlitzer
The Raid Of The International Christmas Pudding
The Tales Of Montmartre
The Jet Propelled Guided NAAFI
The House Of Teeth
The Choking Horror
The Great Tuscan Salami Scandal
The Treasure In The Lake (AKA The Treasure Of Loch Lomond)
The Goons Hit Wales
The Fear Of Wages
The Man Who Never Was
The Laughter Makers
Warm Up Routine
Alternative opening to The Great Tuscan Salami Scandal
Ted Wray Intro to The Jet Propelled NAAFI
Harry Secombe tribute to Peter Sellers
Outtakes from Scradje
PDF of Tales From Old Dartmoor
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!
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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