Finally. The BBC has decided to take its crown jewels and give them the treatment they deserve. Following from the excellent series of collectors editions of `Round The Horne' and `Navy Lark', the show we have all been waiting for is, at last, being restored, given some interesting extras and released in a definitive, comprehensive edition. Ladies and Gentlemen, it's the highly esteemed Goon Show!
The BBC only holds recordings from the beginning of series 5 onwards. Some series 4 episodes exist, but due to licensing problems I don't hold out any hope for these episodes appearing anytime soon. Series 1-3 are, sadly, totally lost to us. Hence, this definitive collection begins with series five, and aims to release all extant recordings the BBC still hold from all subsequent series.
If you're looking here you don't need to e told how good the humour is, so I will just review the release itself. Volume 3 collects the first 13 episodes from series 6, outtakes, a Home service continuity announcement regarding the delay of the episode `Pevensey Bay Disaster' and a couple of contemporary interviews with Peter Sellers, in and out of character, including him singing `walking backwards to Christmas'. The remastering is worthy of especial praise. In the main these episodes sound much better than they have in any other release. Much material has been restored, unfortunately this often comes from poor quality sources, so these restored sections sound quite bad. The restored snippets add much to the shows though. I'm very impressed with the overall quality. This really will be the definitive collection when finished.
This release contains 7 CDs, with two episodes per disc. These are collected into two 4 CD jewel cases, encased in a flimsy cardboard outer. There are two booklets, one in each case, with essays, details for each episode and original Radio Times listings. There are also 4 postcards with Spike Milligan cartoons of some of the main characters.
The Man Who Won The War The Secret Escritoire The Lost Emperor Napoleon's Piano The Case Of The Missing CD Plates Rommel's Treasure Shangri-La Again! The International Christmas Pudding The Pevensey Bay Disaster The Sale Of Manhattan The Terrible Revenge Of Fred Fu Man Chu The Lost Year The Greenslade Story
What Goes On Outtakes The Listening Room Home Service Continuity
This really is as good as it gets. 5 stars for the episodes, and 5 for the quality of the release. Well done BBC, keep them coming!
Prior to this I only had the GSPS tapes which had some script deletions from the old transcription service records. These have got the bits put back! So some new material! These shows are comedy treasure. There are still some to be converted to DVD , so whoever is doing this work , FULL MARKS. AND KEEP GOING JIM!