Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers star in 10 rare episodes of The Goon Show, plus a plethora of bonus features.
Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy.
This collection includes the episodes:
- 'China Story'
- 'Foiled by President Fred'
- 'Tales of Old Dartmoor'
- 'The Macreekie Rising of '74'
- 'Robin Hood'
- 'Six Charlies in Search of an Author'
- 'The White Man's Burden'
- 'The Red Fort'
- 'The Missing Ten Downing Street (aka Ten Downing Street Stolen)'
- 'The Last Goon Show of All'
Also included are numerous bonus archive items, including celebratory programmes Parkinson Meets the Goons and Heroes for a Time. Here, too, are interviews and features taken from The Best of British Laughs: Peter Sellers, Robbie Vincent's Late Night London, It Takes All Sorts and more as well as extracts from unedited studio recordings and rehearsals.
- Joseph R. Schwartz
Absurd vs Nonsense
Sometimes it's best( and very funny) to answer a question, with a question. For example, Call: "Any question(s)? Response: Do you play the saxophone?" With the incredible talents of these men, that becomes an elegant joke.
Being able to hear what they created more than 60 yrs ago is a joy. But, why this 11 plus hr compilation contains only 6 hrs of original material, has no funny follow up.
I may be mistaken, but I believe this recording plays several of the same pieces, more than once. So 6 hrs of original work is presented over almost twice that time.
Presenting these geniuses of the absurd in this way makes no sense. It's a disservice that leaves the listener "hanging."
If Spike Milligan heard this, he might wonder: was this edited, by Ned C Goon?
As always, it is great to hear the Goons.
But I am not sure about the value of the bonus material or how it has been arranged in the Compendium. This compendium comprises selected Goon Shows but with the bonus material popping up in between some episodes. I prefer hearing the Goon Shows back to back. By all means add the bonus material but please keep it all together and placed the end of all the selected Goon show episodes.
Better still, do t bother with the bonus material and give us more Goon Shows!
- Gordon M.
Many thanks Spike Harry Peter
I was aware of the Goon Show previously and their influence on many other comedians after them and beyond and listening to them in the studio was both hilarious and warming to feel the connection between the three talents on show
I would recommend this title to anyone who wants to experience this unique and influential strand of comedy both in subtle and often cheeky terms give it a look and make your own mind up
I want to say a big thank you to Spike Milligan for bringing to life and sharing with Harry and Peter and of course all the planet his comedic genius
Much love to Eccles Nelly and not forgetting Bluebottle xxx
- Kev Duncalf
poor not worth the money
very poor not well the goon show don't bother with it . . . .