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on 30 March 2013
Very dated and not enough of the characters we all knew and loved. Because it is directed at the armed forces, it has many 'in jokes' not understandable to today's audiences.
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on 17 July 2011
This disc is a reissue of an (early) Oriole LP and, I would suspect, an album of 78's (as with "The Sounds Of Time")
The Army, Navy and RAF special editions have since been rereleased on BBC audiobooks, but we have here the 1947 Royal Command ITMA and also "memories of ITMA" related by John Snagge.... The original would have been released very shortly after Tommy Handley's death in 1948, when memories of "That Man" and his role in maintaining national morale would have been very fresh indeed. There are bits from show 300 when Tommy went through "The Hall Of ITMAs Past" and met up with some of the characters that had been retired by 1947....
Tommy was to make only 10 more shows, his death was announced on the news after the repeat of the 310th show.
The recording is good and if you are a fan of Tommy Handley and ITMA you should buy it. Of the two double cassettes issued of ITMA, only one has made it to CD and as those who recall Handley at first hand pass on, releases like this are going to become hard to come by. This seems callous, perhaps but I believe that as those who recall the golden days of radio die away, there is less incentive for anyone to issue anything but the most popular cult shows; thus the Goons and Hancock are still issued, whilst Much Binding In the Marsh and Rays a Laugh are not. A shame, but the result of commercial considerations (oh, BBC prove me wrong!).

BUY NOW WHILE YOU CAN
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on 6 May 2012
This is an excellent 2 DVD collection of some of ITMA's best programs. It contains all the characters beloved of fans of the show, and the sound is quite good considering the original recordings are over 60 years old. Will appeal mostly to Brits of pensionable age. One can certainly see that ITMA was a forerunner to the later Goon Shows.
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