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The Goon Show: Volume 29: We're In The Wrong House Again! Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • 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)
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Book Description

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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Listening to these 50 plus year old comedies, you hear from where so many other comedy groups and performers must have drawn their inspiration. There are elements of Monty Python, Hitch Hikers and Little Britain, at least, in these, not just inspirational, but inspired programmes. It would be nonsensical, of course, to write about the actual stories, such as they are, these are incidental. These programmes are perfect examples of talented people creating great work and obviously enjoying every minute of it. I listened with a permanent smile on my face and with many chuckles and laughs as well. The years have been very kind to the performances; Even the musical interludes fit.
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.
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As a child of the 60's and 70's I missed the Goons, hearing them only through the BBC repeating the odd show on my modern electrified radiometer set thingy, and buying the pizza sized vinyl records (and cassettes) as and when they came out.

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.
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I love "The Goons", and trying to get them can be difficult so when I saw this collection (29th of the the classic BBC releases) I had to get it. The trio are on top form as always here and this is another great collection for anyone who loves good, honest, classic British comedy.
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This collection contains four episodes from 1954 to 1960 of the classic radio comedy by Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan. Unfortunately one of the episodes, "The Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System" has already appeared in Vol 23, a stupid oversight? Also this episode was broadcast on 8 March 1954, not January 1958 as in the product description. If you don't own v. 23, then this is not an issue.
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.
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The Goon Show is a wildly inconsistent beast, its energetic surrealism and nonsense breaking the shackles of the more formulaic radio comedy while harking back to the likes of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear - if either ever dropped acid. Unfortunately the pressures of producing 250 weekly scripts over the shows nine year run (around 160 of which survive) often showed in the quality of the finished product, with many of the surviving episodes distinctly hit-and-miss and some outright poor. Thankfully Volume 29 of the BBC's CD series is one of their better compilations: none of the four episodes presented here is top tier, but there are no stinkers here.

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.
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It was wonderful to return to the surreal world of the Goons with this collection, apparently selected by Norma Farnes, Spike Milligan's agent for many years. These shows come from the later period of Goonery, ranging from 1958 to 1960.

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.
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