The Moon Show episode is definitely substandard, that sounds like it was recorded through Neddy's trousers, or on a wax cylinder via Atomic Dustbin. This is unusual after the excellent recordings of past Goon Shows. I think we need to send Major Dennis Bloodnok round to BBC Records to make sure that this doesn't happen again!
What can I say, they're the Goons? Milligan and Larry Stephens wrtiting brilliant scripts, and the cast delivering them with gusto. This version of Robin Hood isn't (IMO) as good as the one called Ye Bandit of Sherwood Forest (on Vol 15) with Charlotte Mitchell, but it's still excellent. If you like mad humour, get it!
Something must have gone wrong in the production process. Ted Kendall did a superb restoration of The Moon Show on Compendium 6 back in 2011, but the copy in this set is a nasal, hollow, off-air recording.
In the beginning were the LPs. And the LPs were of EMI/Parlophone. And the First LP I bought was "First Men On The Goon" and soon after that "The Best Of The Goon Shows"...I got all the Parlophones and they were good (still out there on CD in various issues too!) but they had NO MUSIC SECTIONS due to copyright restrictions. This led to some odd edits and the loss of an entire running gag on one occasion...………. ANYWAY this set has "Tales Of Old Dartmoor" from Best of The Goons and "Robin Hood" from First Men on the Goon. "Robin Hood has a date of December 1988 by which time Peter Sellers was gone....however this is a dummy date, the first date it was broadcast on the BBC domestic network - it was a remake of "Ye Bandits of Sherwood Forest" which is on another BBC CD and originally broadcast on the General Overseas Network only NOW WE HAVE THEM WITH THE MUSIC AND THEY ARE AWESOME the other shows here are The Sleeping Prince and The Moon Show.
Lets face it this is the 34th double CD Goon show release. If you buy it youll buy the others Either get them 4 shows at a time or buy the "Goon Show Compendiums" that give you WHOLE SERIES at a time and GoonGasms most like. Oh BTW the flip on First Men On The Goon...Foiled by President Fred... is in pair volume 33. And Best of the Goon Shows is out on a reissue from Hallmark with some of the worst sound I've ever heard and Spike listed as Terence Milligan..... DEAR ONES BUY THIS DOUBLE CD VOL 34