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

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By Kelly Monaghan on 04-03-17

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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