- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; A&M edition (5 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1445861062
- ISBN-13: 978-1445861067
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Goon Show: Volume 29: We're In The Wrong House Again! Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Four more classic BBC Radio episodes starring Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan.
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.
Larry Stephens (Author)
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.
Spike Milligan (Author)
Born in India in April 1918, Terence Alan ‘Spike’ Milligan was a comedy writer and performer who created The Goon Show which ran from 1951 to 1960. Milligan soon established his own fresh style of comedy. A poet and a campaigning humanitarian, Milligan was universally acclaimed for his published war memoirs. Amongst his radio series were The Omar Khayam Show and The Milligan Papers as well as his television series such as A Show Called Fred, The Idiot’sWeekly Price 2d and later the Q series from Q5 to Q9. He died in February 2002.
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Top Customer Reviews
It goes without saying that if you're already a Goons fan the above is superfluous- you know how brilliantly funny they were- but if you've never listened to them give this a go. It's as fine an introduction as I can think of and, if nothing else, it will brighten up your day.
As someone else has said, Auntie has done a magnificent job in cleaning up the recordings they have left, up to the point where you can almost hear the sound of Grytpype-Thynne's plotting and Major Bloodnok's knees trembling.
To me every one of the Goon show recordings that still exists is a classic, full of wonderful surreal imagery and very well and cleverly scripted dialogue, and these episodes are no exception to that rule. Without the Goon show we wouldn't have had Monty Python, Vic & Bob and a host of other comedy performers and writers.
If you want to get away from all the miserable craziness that is currently about then you've got two hours of wonderfully happy craziness to go at here, come and and live in the land of the Goons with this double CD. If I could have given it six stars I'd have still wanted to give it ten.
These episodes may have been digitally remastered, but considering they were broadcast over 50 years ago, the audio quality is probably the best you're going to get (though the volume problem in CD2 should have been sorted in QC).
I spent my early years in the late 70s, listening to The Goon Show on radio repeats and scratchy vinyl records from the library. Practically all comedy since owes a debt of thanks to this show.
For true Goon Show officiandos, the internet radio station "GoonShowRadio" broadcasts most of these 100 episodes continuously.
As usual, the 'plots' are mere starting points for freeform stream of consciousness unsanity, seasoned liberally with the expected in-jokes, catchphrases ("He fell in tha wa-tah!"), stock characters (Min and Bill, Moriarty, Gryptpype-Thynne) and musical interludes that are usually just padding but occasionally see Ray Ellington pressed into service as a character as well. It's all silly and juvenile stuff, sometimes delightfully so as it veers off on self-indulgent tangents and goes to ridiculous lengths to set up jokes that would shame a Christmas cracker yet still manage to raise a laugh for their sheer shamelessness. It's a kind of comedy you definitely have to be in the right silly mood for, but if you are this set provides plenty to raise a smile even if little of it sticks in the memory.
Oh, and for the purists out there, it's worth noting that the version of the Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System included is the re-recorded transcription service version intended for the export market that loses some original topical jokes and references.
The four shows themselves are of varying quality. The first, "The Thing On The Mountain" is the least entertaining of the quartet, and initially I struggled to understand why. The standard format of the show was used and all the characters were there but it simply wasn't very funny and just peters out at the end. It turns out that the show is one which wasn't written by Spike at all, but by Larry Stephens and Maurice Wiltshire who would occasionally help him out with writing duties when he was under pressure.
The second, "The Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System", is much better, with a number of laugh-out-loud moments in the first few moments including a brilliant exchange with a waitress in a railway cafe. This is one of the 'Vintage Goons' series which were later re-recordings of shows broadcast several years previously. It is carefully labelled as the transcription services (TS) version, as these were edited versions with any potentially offensive material removed before selling the programme to other countries around the world.
The third, "The Great Statue Debate", would appear to be a TS version, but with careful restoration work from an off-air recording to put back what was taken out! This means that there are variations in the level and quality of recording when jokes have been put back in, but we do at least have a more complete version of the show, including Bluebottle's saucy one-liner about what you can do with a banana in the privacy of your own home... This is probably the highlight of the set.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More superbly inane globules of intelligible insanity from the Masters.
I personally have to acquire #'s 30&31 to keep my collection up to date!
I have been a fan of Goon's since a schoolboy and even in these modern times I cant resist buying copies of them. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John D.
I love old British radio comedy and The Goon Show is one of my favorites. As a Yank, I don't get all the references, but I love the surreal quality of Spike's humor. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2014 by Robert W. Henderson
Prompt delivery. A great part of the series. To be enjoyed on windy, rainy nights.Published on 24 Aug. 2014 by Dennis James