A bio posted at Sing365.com indicates that following a San Francisco Paradise Lounge showcase in 1992, the Counting Crows
had offers from nine labels, which, after investigation, was whittled to three: Elektra, A&M, and DGC.
Recently former A&M exec Mark Mazzetti wrote me an email sharing his experience back then:
You know, I was in the running to sign Counting Crows way back when…and A&M (even with Jerry Moss intimately involved) came in 2nd to Geffen…But Adam [Duritz] was such a class act…He called Moss..endorsed me as a legit A&R man they would have worked with but Gary [Gersh] and Geffen won out…having had a long relationship with Gary prior to our entrance into the deal process..I hate missing great artists!
Mazzetti currently operates R&M Artist Records, an indie label based in L.A reportedly using Ken Antonelli’s ICON Music Entertainment Services distribution. His first signing there is National Product produced by James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, The Academy Is).