The Goon Show: Volume 8: You Have Deaded Me Again: You Have Deaded Me Again (Previously Volume 8) (BBC Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 3 Mar 1997
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Four more episodes of classic Goonery from those wireless wizards Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe.
One of a series of digitally remastered collections of "Goon Show" episodes, including previously unreleased material. The episodes here are "The Greatest Mountain in the World", "The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (Solved)", "The Spanish Suitcase" and "The Last Tram (from Clapham)".See all Product description
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THE GREATEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD pits Sir Harry Seagoon against nature as he attempts to climb a mountain even higher than Everest. Their atempts to build the mountain- in Hyde Park don't work as planned, so they end up climbing Mount Fred- under the ocean!
THE MYSTERY OF THE MARIE CELESTE (SOLVED) is a seafaring adventure not at all in the style of C.S. Forrester. Ned Seagoon goes looking for the answer to the mystery of the missing Marie Celeste after being offered 5000 pounds. Grytpype-Thynne says, "Pull up a bollard" a whole bunch of times- and it's always funny.
THE SPANISH SUITCASE is a silly little espionage type tale about a suitcase, morris dancing, flamingo, Madrid and Spanish prisons. Ole'!
THE LAST TRAM (FROM CLAPHAM) is a Rod Serling type drama (okay, not really- but sort of...) about the forgotten number 33 tram and it's driver (wait for it!) Henry Crun. It's up to Neddie to solve the mystery... heaven help us.
All four shows were produced by Peter Eton and written by Eric Sykes and Spike Milligan, except THE GREATEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD, which is Milligan solo. The mastering of these episodes is wonderful. The sound is sharp and clear, even better than the recordings I made off the radio when NPR ran them in the 1980's. On CD it's even more amazing!
What a treat that these episodes haven't been lost to the world. Even a 35 year old, fat American who never heard of Spike Milligan before 1983 can enjoy these timeless classics that influenced an entire generation of humor.
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Released originally as double cassette collections (the BBC was a bit slow catching up with the times) these things are now available as double disc collections with two 1/2 hour episodes per CD. Alas at no point was it deemed worthwhile to put the episodes in chronological order. So anoraks such as myself at least have some pedantic point to complain about!
Regardless, the four episodes contained in Volume 8 show the performers of Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers in fairly consistent form delivering the scripts written by Spile Milligan and Eric Sykes (Sykes co-wrote three of these episodes) with verve and impeccable timing ably assisted by announcer Wallace Greenslade.
The four episodes here are fairly strong - The Greatest Mountain in the World gets things off to a good start, The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (solved) continues the quality and both The Spanish Suitcase and The Last Tram (from Clapham) are good examples of what this mob were all about. I seem to recall the last episode in particular being repeated a few times on ABC radio in Australia, so it must of been getting requested or been a favourite with the programme director.
Not a bad starting place for the newcomer to the Goons, and there are no profanities to be found anywhere but total newbies may find proceedings can be a little confusing with the relentless stream of consciousness style of comedy on display here.