I started listening to this with some trepidation as Ted Kendall makes clear in the enclosed booklet notes the source material is all off-air amateur based recordings but i was pleasantly surprised by the quality of most of this really early material. It's good to hear Michael Bentine in the series two shows and interesting to hear the earliest incarnations of Moriarty, Bloodnok etc - they sound very different from the later shows. There are only really seven actual shows in this set, the rest of the discs filled up with extracts and various documentary material.
Wonderful, just wonderful. Three things need to be emphasized about this collection. Firstly, the core material that has been gathered - off-air recordings of The Goon Show from its very earliest days - constitute priceless listening to anyone who is interested in the development of British humour, let alone this specific programme. Next, the quality of the audio is, given the source material, excellent. This is yet another testament to the incredible skill of Ted Kendall, the sound engineer who worked on this (and is responsible for so many comedy and music collections). Lastly, and fundamentally, I want to sing Ted's praises yet again because he is responsible for finding much of the material that features in this collection (and other Goon Show volumes, and those issued for Hancock's Half Hour, The Navy Lark and so on).