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The Goon Show: I'm Walking Backwards for Christmas, Vol. 3 Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Mar 1996

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (4 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563388641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563388647
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 13.3 x 12.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2001
Format: Misc. Supplies
Blurb one: I first became a Goon Show fan when I came across second hand vinyl records of their shows. It took me a while to "get into" the comic madness that twists the world (and plot coherence)inside out, producing laughable absurdity.
Blurb Two: This audio recording, digitally remastered, is notable for its contents. My favourite is the "Greenslade Story", in which writer Spike Milligan mocks the world of BBC radio announcing. We hear the story of radio announcer Wallace Greenslade (who served as announcer on the Goon Show)and his rise to fame, beginning with a job interview with John Snagge (guest voice). Waiting outside with him before the interview is the famous Eccles.
Greenslade: Don't tell me YOU'RE applying for the position of announcer.
Eccles: Oh yer! And I'll get it too. I'm wearin' a Cambridge tie!
Greenslade: YOU? You were at Cambridge? What were you doing there?
Eccles: Buyin' a tie....
And remember folks...there's more where that came from!
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Describing The Goon Show is a difficult proposition: you've either heard then or you haven't and you either like them or you don't. If you've heard them, you know what I mean. Although the humour is a little dated and the sense of "organised anarchy" can be sometimes weird rather than funny, when The Goons are firing (and they frequently do on this set) you can tell where their reputation comes from. This collection contains two of their best shows, "The Greenslade Story" (the 'life story' of the show's announcer) and "The Treasure Of Loch Lomond," althogh the latter runs out of steam towards the end. Strong narrative helps - Milligan's scripts were always better when the jokes had a point and weirdness had a direction. The musical performances can be an annoying distraction (much like the musical interludes in Mark Brothers films); the regular songs by Max Geldray (who plays harmonica) and Ray Ellington really make the material sound dated - there's no way performances like this would appear anywhere but in a fifties radio show. But The Goons are certainly worth listening to, even if it's just to find out what all the fuss was about. The level of invention, exuberance of the performances and bizarre sound effects placed in the context of the story bring nothing to mind so much as Monty Python's Flying Circus at its best (and the Pythons were all Goon fans). Take a chance and try them - whether you like them or not, there's nothing else like it.
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Since the last Goon has passed away, I have been playing a couple of my favourite cds. And Lo! this is one of them.It has 4 classic shows and includes previously unreleased material. I will pick on three highlights; "I'm walking backwards for christmas" the first time
Spike unleashed this comic song to the unsuspecting public. Enter Bluebottle through the pipe. A master of a thousand voices was Peter Sellers. The third one was the John Snagge meeting Eccles, applying for the announcers job. Snagge could not beleive Eccles "was at Cambridge". When he asked Eccles what he was doing at Cambridge;
"Buying a tie" came the classic answer. Out of four shows it is not easy picking your favourite bits. Buy this today and pick out your own !,and marvel at the pure genious of Spike Milligan.
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As usual i'll say: If you're interested in The Goon Show, i'd recommend volumes 1 to 11 of the BBC collections, and the two EMI discs.

This is volume 3, and has four of the very best episodes they recorded. As good a starting point as any for the uninitiated. The Greenslade Story is a great vehicle for announcer Wallace Greenslade, and features a hilarious guest appearance from the ever-so-straight-sounding John Snagge. Wings Over Dagenham documents the creation of the world's first horseless aeroplane, trapped in the air because the airport hasn't been built yet. The Rent Collectors has a guest appearance from Bernard Miles, and The Treasure Of Loch Lomond concludes with a performance of the classic "I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas".

You can't go wrong tith this one. Top marks!
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usual excellence from the goons.
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