The Goon Show Compendium: Volume 11 (Series 9, Pt 2 & Series 10)

Twenty episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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Twenty remastered episodes of the legendary series plus bonus material.

Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking radio series changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this collection presents the available episodes in chronological order as they were scheduled to be broadcast.

In addition, there are some rare bonus archive items. Remastered using new material and the latest technology to give the best possible sound quality, these recordings are bound to appeal to all collectors of The Goon Show.

The episodes included are 'Dishonoured - Again'; 'The Scarlet Capsule'; 'The Tay Bridge'; 'The Gold Plate Robbery'; 'The £50 Cure'; 'A Christmas Carol'; 'The Tale of Men's Shirts'; 'The Chinese Legs'; 'Robin's Post'; 'The Spanish Doubloons'; 'The Last Smoking Seagoon'; 'The G.P.O. Show'; 'Ned Kelly'; 'The Ashes'; 'The Prime Minister's Trousers'; 'The Flying Dustman'; 'The America Cup'; 'Waltzing Matilda'; 'The Army Show'; 'The Naughty Navy Show'.

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False advertising

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I downloaded this because 12 hours of goonery seemed hard to pass up. But beware, this is Milligan in a very minor key. Many of the episodes aren't truly Goon Shows at all, minus Sellers, Secombe and the stock Goon characters. Many seems to have been recorded in Australia and have no discernible plot or structure; although intermittently funny, they fall far short of classic Goon standards. And jokes are recycled shamelessly. Another gripe is that there are no "liner notes" that might put all this in context. When were they aired? Where? Who are the players?If you are a Goon fanatic (as I am) this might be worth it for the sake of completeness. But if you are new to the Goons and want to know what all the fuss is about, don't be swayed by the "12-hours-for-the-price-of-two" appearance. Start with the real, 95-proof stuff first.

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More than half NOT Goon Shows

This has been padded out with an hour of rehearsal tapes (listening to same musical stings with long pauses between) and interview shows about the Goons. I never suspected I was buying a binful of Goon-related items.

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  • SnapWriter
  • 12-02-15

90 pure goon

Only the last four hours fall short of the real thing. These Australian episodes lack Neddy and also a clear narrative story upon which the Goonishness hangs. What you have is lots of unstructured silliness. It does show the genius of the authentic episodes. And included at the end are some radio documentaries and interviews; yet these are not why I bought this download however, and I have to admit to being a bit disappointed. However, you can't sneeze at eight hours of great Goon fun, so I won't be returning it. But a heads up, downloading one of the classic 2 hour Goon shows will give better value for money, even if shorter, the satisfaction will be greater. 90% proof.

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  • Mr P A Stobbs
  • 11-26-19

Essential Comedy Listening

Listen to The Goon Show for long enough and you will hear the template for just about every successful 1/2 hour comedy show from here on in. True it was recorded 60 years or so ago, but even so, it still feels fresh, zappy and relevant. It should come as no surprise though, when you consider the writers and performers. Sellers, Milligan, Secombe et al. all hit Peak form and were given free range to hone their skills during the 1951-60 golden years. If you also add to this, the use of revolutionary sound effects (that have since become the norm), the perfect deployment of numerous catchphrases, an almost endless supply of running gags and countless fully rounded side-splittingly funny characters, that seem to oscillate between your real world and the crazy, manic, bizarre and Loveable world created by the Goons, then it’s no wonder that what plays out is a Pioneering, Highly Influential and above all downright Hilarious slice of Legendary BBC Comedy.