- Audio CD
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; A&M edition (14 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147133161X
- ISBN-13: 978-1471331619
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 5.1 x 14.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Goon Show Compendium, Vol. 9: Vintage Goons Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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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11-12 Dread Piano Clubber Rehearsal.
13-15 (half way) Warm up for Piano Clubber
15 (half way through) Russian Love song x2
16-17 Mummified Priest inserts
18-19 Greatest Mountain inserts
20 Has all the following - Missing Number 10 false start, 3 Sign offs - Fort Night, Albert memorial X 2. In answer to the earlier reviewer, the Missing number 10 show will be unavailable until EMI, now owned by Warners, release their copyright. This is highly unlikely. That goes for all the shows they own the rights for. Sorry folks.
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 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 be told how good the humour is, so I will just review the release itself. Volume 9 collects thirteen of the fourteen episodes of the Vintage Goons. Aired in 1958, these are re-recordings of scripts that were first aired 1953, and are now the only versions of these early shows available to us Goonistas. This series was broadcast between series 8 and 9. The episodes are across 7 discs, with some usual fascinating extras on the last disc. The remastering is worthy of especial praise. In the main these episodes sound much better than they have in any other release. 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 and extras on the 7 disc. These are collected into two 4 CD jewel cases, encased in a flimsy cardboard outer.Read more ›
The other gripe is the missing tracks on disc 7 ie tracks 21 - 26. Where are they? I'm sorry to say this particular volume appears to have been thrown together.
It would be very good if somebody could take the time from the BBC to explain the situation
The episode "The Missing Ten Downing Street" has not been included in this Compendium, for copyright reasons. Most of you Goons fans will know it's only ever been released by EMI, minus the music, a very irritating state of affairs! However, the documentation in the package indicates that a PDF file of the relevant script is included on Disc 7 of the set - but no such appears to be on mine. A small matter, as many Goon Show scripts are available freely online, courtesy of many fans meticulously - and very kindly - transcribing them from audio. Anyone else experienced the "Missing Missing Ten Downing Street PDF Script"? (a good subject for a new episode!) - or, in the words of Terry Wogan - "Is it ME?"
Well, let's hope Compendium Volume 10 will follow its predecessor more quickly than did the current one, as it's my ambition to collect all of these before I die! Thankfully, touchwood, I'm still only on the waiting list.
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It would be hard to write any negative review of The Goon Show. If you know and love the show, you'll know what to expect in the way of humour, so how could you be disappointed... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2014 by David Rushton