Does anyone know if RTE are willing (or able) to release any of the 2FM/Fanning sessions?
Back in the late 1980s, it was explained to me (by Ian Wilson, no less!) that the sessions
were effectively free: the band either got paid a fee for the day, or got the rights to the
recordings and a stereo master of the session's mixdown (no multis - the old studio
where the sessions were done didn't have its full complement of working tracks!)
If the band decided to take the money on the day, they could always get the rights back
later, by buying them from RTE. That was usually done after the band got signed, or had
made enough money gigging. Whatever choice the band made, RTE had a certain amount
of time, and exclusive airplay rights, before the recordings could be used elsewhere.
Presumably they are still done this way (I haven't bothered to ask anyone I know who has
done one in the last 5 years).
They used to crop up on B sides a lot, and older ones are probably on a few CD reissues,
but if the BBC/Peel sessions could all be released separately, what's stopping RTE from
releasing some sessions?