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The Goon Show Compendium, Vol. 9: Vintage Goons Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • 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)
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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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Yes. Great to have these in one set. But watch out. Disc 7 has been mastered badly. The track marks do not correspond to the track listing in the booklet. For the record this the way the CD is divided up.
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.
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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 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.
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Great to get this after such a long wait. The shows are fantastic. Beautifully restored as previous issues. BUT. Show 3 is missing similar to previous series which is a disgrace as these shows are now well over 50 years old. When will (if ever) all the missing shows be made available in full form? Come on BBC get your finger out and complete this project properly.
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
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HOORAY! At last Compendium Volume 9, beset with release problems, is here - well worth the wait! Brilliant stuff, as ever! My copy was ordered way back in October 2013, ten months ago, at the earlier pre-order price of £26.99, so I'm delighted that, albeit very impatiently, I stuck to my guns, as it's now £42.48 (at the time of writing). Two American suppliers last week were offering the title at around £44 and £78, respectively, but both of those listings now seem to have disappeared from the Amazon website.

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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