It was announced today that a new label has formed under the distribution of Razor & Tie that aims to spotlight the works of obscure artists as well as less celebrated works of famous artists. Its name is Real Gone Music, and it was co-founded by longtime music industry pros Gordon Anderson and Gabby Castellana, founders of (respectively) Collector’s Choice Music and Hep Cat Records.
The label is already planning their release calendar for 2012, but so far they’ve only revealed what they’re be reissuing in the month of November—and some of the first material they’re putting out is rare live recordings of concerts by the legendary psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead.
On Nov. 15, one week after Real Gone Music makes it debut with reissues of albums by ‘60s female singers Connie Stevens, Joanie Sommers and Shelby Flint, the label’s first offerings of live Dead material will be released. The four shows themselves (two from 1971, one from 1972 and one from 1977) were hand-selected by The Grateful Dead’s own tape archivist Dick Latvala and span three volumes—the 34th, 35th and 36th installments of a series appropriately known as “Dick’s Picks.” As Latvala had a personal role in choosing the shows, most Deadheads agree the recordings showcase The Dead at their best and most transcendent. The same week, Real Gone Music will also release two classic LPs from the cult-favorite garage rock band ? and the Mysterians.
Though Real Gone Music is focusing on music from the ‘60s and ‘70s eras as they kickstart the label, they emphasize any artist or genre from any era is fair game for reissue. The label’s chief goal is to present superior sound quality and packaging design — in order to capture, according to Castellana, the “excitement we all felt when we bought our first album or single in a record store.”