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The Goon Show Compendium, Vol. 5, Series 7, Part 1 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408427281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427286
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.9 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Thirteen remastered episodes of the legendary series, plus bonus material.

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.

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 (and are finally being released in a separate edition here: The Goon Show: Series 4, Pt. 1 (Golden Age of BBC Radio Comedy)). 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 5 collects the first 12 episodes from series 7, and a few extras such as rehearsal of the `Nasty Affair at the Burami Oasis' and a collection of Milligan and Sellers appearances in `Curiouser and Curiouser', a contemporary English/American radio show. `Robin Hood' 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 pof 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.
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This collection consists of 12 of the early shows of the Seventh Series (from October to December 1956) together with bonus material, packaged on 7 CDs, accompanied by two booklets of useful information compiled by Andrew Pixley.

Fans will be delighted to discover that there are four episodes (The Sleeping Prince, Personal Narrative, What's My Line? and The Telephone) that have never before appeared in the public domain. All of these programmes have been digitally remastered by Ted Kendall using the latest in noise-reduction technology.

The Sleeping Prince documents the perils of President Seagoon, ruler of the Republic of Yacabaku, a Pacific nation famous for it's incessant National Anthem.

Personal Narrative is an account of the adventures of Captain Neddie Seagoon, R.N., drawn from the log of H.M.S Resolute, dated 1662. Yes, folks, despite rumours to the contrary, steam radio was around to record the events of 1662 and of the final plight of Able Seaman Bluebottle.

What's My Line? is a parody of the TV panel show of the same name.

The Telephone tells of the daily humdrum routine of Senior Outdoor Post Office Telephone Line-Layer Seagoon and his latest task; to provice a new phone service for Mr. Crun. Unfortunately, nobody told Neddie that Mr. Crun had recently moved... to 17A, Africa! Who invented the telephone? To discover the real answer, listen on...

Discover more about the Goons at []
Neil Trickey (Encyclopædia Goonicus)
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To be honest you have to have grown up listening to the goons on the radio or you maybe have to be slightly mad if you find them and enjoy the crazy humour but they are well worth a listen
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I have listened to the Goon Show since I was around ten years old.
I am now 49. Till the day I die these will be my funniest hours.
The shows are funny - still. The best work Peter Sellers ever did was
within these 30 minute broadcasts. And all held together by Harry Seacombe
shouting through his mouth - and where else.
I am old, these shows are forever young.
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