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The Goon Show: The Last Goon Show Of All (BBC Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Oct 1997

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (6 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563382244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563382249
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.1 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Join radio's greatest comedy team as they perform together for the last time, and enjoy a special 40th Anniversary documentary celebrating the genius of the Goons.

About the Author

Spike Milligan (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.

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OK, so this is not the funniest of the Goon Shows, but it is an important event. It really was the last Goons Show, as sadly Peter Sellers died so young, and it celebrated the 50th annivesary of the BBC. It is amazing that something so anarchic as the Goons was used for this important national milestone. The main part of the CD, the typical Goon Show is, however, very funny even if the ending has more similarities to Spike Milligan's 1970's TV series than to the radio Goon Shows. It does, as it should, have all the main characters, all in fine voice. Some of the preliminaries are not so interesting, but some are great like Spike's version of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". Once the show really starts it is great fun through to the end. This CD is the most complete version of the show available and it is coupled with "At Last it's the Go On Show" which is a fascinating documentary on the Goons. Highlights of this are the description of the birth of Bluebottle's voice and the wonderful exerpt - "What Time is It Eccles" which alone would be worth the price of the CD.
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As part of the BBC's 50th anniversary celebrations, the Goons got together one last time in 1972. There were some nice moments - Neddie Seagoon standing in for HM Queen in a floral cretonne frock - but the whole was self-indulgent and shapeless, and the easy ensemble playing of the great Goon Shows couldn't be recaptured after so long a gap.

At Last the Go On Show is a harmless documentary, but not something to be listened to again and again.

This CD is for completists only. If you're new to the Goons, go for something from the fifties, like "I'm Walking Backwards for Christmas" or "Ned's Atomic Dustbin".
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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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Both audience and performers are straining here. The audience really WANTS to find this show funny, but often the laughter sounds sycophantic and forced. In 1972 it was 12 years since the last regular Goon Show; Secombe was still appearing on variety TV shows and Christian broadcasts; Sellers' career was in the doldrums and Milligan didn't really want do write or perform this at all.
And it shows. The show itself is a mess, no structure - but then so did a lot of the later regular shows in the late 1950s. The frantic pace and enjoyment of those regular broadcasts is missing from this though: so is the world in which the original shows were broadcast. The social revolution between 1960 and 1972, plus the fact that Britain stopped even pretending to be a world power, robbed the Goons of the original context of their appeal. So we're left with crude jokes about trusses and knee-tremblers and inconsequential rubbish like "I have on good authority that my name is Clapham Common." And so called "daring" jokes at the Royal Family, some of whom happened to be in the audience.
Go find the originals. At their best, they were some of the most brilliant comedy ever produced.
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I had heard countless goon shows including this one before I found out that the Last Goon Show Of All had come out on videotape. When you listen to a Goon Show, you see many things in your mind's eye. But to actually see them doing a show in the Camden Theatre! I'd like to see them do THAT on television, folks! Well, when I finally did, it made me ever so much more envious of those lucky barbed wire hurdlers who actually got to be in the Camden Theatre when the magic was flowing. And I had the most odd experience when Bluebottle began, shall we say, speaking. There was bluebottle, as he usually manifested, on the surface of my upper medulla oblongata. But wait, the Tele show was still going on, and Peter Sellers's lips were moving! Was HE making THAT sound? I knew it was true, but the illusion of lip-sync just didn't hang together. After about five viewings I was able to pull the two together. One of the most wonderful things about the Goon Show is what a good time the three of them and others off-mic are obviously having together, and this show is no exception. It is particularly lovely to see Spike in a good mood (but that's another story...). After you've heard some shows, do watch this one. And by the way, this is a reissue intact without cuts, unlike the previous foolishness. Irreplaceable.
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