Reset Records

Reset Records

Profile:
Reset Records was set up by Vince Clarke and Eric Radcliffe and was active between 1983-1985.
It was distributed by RCA but it was never a sub-label.
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
(Obsolete)
RCA Record Division
1 Bedford Avenue
London WC1
UK
Sites:
[l14659]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
7 REST 1 Robert Marlow The Face Of Dorian Gray(7") Reset Records 7 REST 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
7 REST 2 Peter Hewson Take My Hand(7") Reset Records 7 REST 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
7 REST 3 Robert Marlow I Just Want To Dance (Single) 7 REST 3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
7 REST 4 Robert Marlow Claudette(7") Reset Records 7 REST 4 UK 1984 Sell This Version
7 REST 5 Absolute (5) T.V. Glare(7") Reset Records 7 REST 5 Scandinavia 1985 Sell This Version
7 REST 6 Robert Marlow Calling All Destroyers(7", Single) Reset Records 7 REST 6 Scandinavia 1985 Sell This Version
7 REST 7 Hardware (7) Dance(7", Single) Reset Records 7 REST 7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
7 REST 8 Absolute (5) Can't You See(7") Reset Records, Reset Records 7 REST 8 Scandinavia 1987 Sell This Version
12 REST 1 Robert Marlow The Face Of Dorian Gray(12") Reset Records 12 REST 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 REST 3 Robert Marlow I Just Want To Dance(12") Reset Records 12 REST 3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 REST 4 Robert Marlow Claudette(12") Reset Records, Reset Records 12 REST 4 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 REST 5 Absolute (5) T.V. Glare(12", Single) Reset Records 12 REST 5 Scandinavia 1985 Sell This Version
12 REST 7 Hardware (7) Dance(12") Reset Records 12 REST 7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
101827 Robert Marlow The Face Of Dorian Gray(7") Reset Records, Vogue 101827 France 1983 Sell This Version
101860 Robert Marlow I Just Want To Dance(7") Vogue, Reset Records 101860 France 1983 Sell This Version
102058 Absolute (5) T.V. Glare(7") Reset Records, Vogue 102058 France 1985 Sell This Version
102095 Hardware (7) Dance(7") Reset Records, Vogue 102095 France 1985 Sell This Version
311010 Robert Marlow The Face Of Dorian Gray(12") Reset Records, Vogue 311010 France 1983 Sell This Version
311024 Robert Marlow I Just Want To Dance(12") Vogue, Reset Records 311024 France 1983 Sell This Version
312010 Hardware (7) Dance(12", Maxi) Reset Records, Vogue 312010 France 1985 Sell This Version
INT 113.645 Robert Marlow The Face Of Dorian Gray(7", Single) Reset Records, Reset Records INT 113.645 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
INT 113.646 Robert Marlow I Just Want To Dance(7", Single) Reset Records INT 113.646 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
INT 113.647 Robert Marlow Claudette(7") Reset Records, Reset Records INT 113.647 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
INT 113.648 Robert Marlow Calling All Destroyers(7", Single) Reset Records, Reset Records INT 113.648 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
INT 113.649 Absolute (5) T.V. Glare(7") Reset Records, Reset Records INT 113.649 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
INT 128.646 Robert Marlow I Just Want To Dance(12", Maxi) Reset Records, Reset Records INT 128.646 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
INT 128.647 Robert Marlow Claudette(12", Maxi, Mar) Reset Records, Reset Records INT 128.647 Germany 1984 Sell This Version

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Crijevo

Crijevo

July 21, 2012
Interesting discovery, especially for those familiar with Vince Clarke's synth-bleep trademark of the time. Listening to Reset's small run of singles released between 1983-85 period, it is somewhat evident where most of these ideas actually led to (The Assembly, Vince Clarke & Paul Quinn collaboration plus Erasure respectively). At the same time, most of these studio dance-experiments do sound a bit like leftovers, or too clinical for clinical's sake.

Also, considering the fact earlier among these tracks were made not long after Clarke parted ways with Alison Moyet, one might only wonder what gems would become of it all, had Moyet by any chance stayed and sang to these songs herself. Or perhaps not? Maybe Clarke's established sound at the time (linndrum patterns used on most of these singles were already exploited on "You And Me Both") was the possible reason why Moyet herself got fed up with techno-pop, choosing to go solo, swimming in expressive pop-rock/blues waters.

Instead, Clarke's old friend Robert Marlow joined in - singing on the gorgeously catchy "The Face Of Dorian Gray", which is of absolute recommendation to any synth-pop fan. Sadly, its flipside variant called "The Tale Of Dorian Gray" is just a doodling instrumental filler using a horrible synth-horn arrangement to an otherwise gorgeous melody pattern (the same one that already ruined Yazoo's songs "Sweet Thing" and "Good Times").

Peter Hewson's vocals in two of the songs are also decent (especially in the brilliant synth-ballad "Her"), although his singing on "Take My Hand" is just too deadpan for deadpan's sake.

Of the lot, a fairly obscure project called Absolute is the most interesting for heading more towards the experimental territory, also worth mentioning that some of it is quite on par with Depeche of the time (also very easily to be confused with a certain Camouflage and/or Propaganda). Hardware - which is Eric Radcliffe's studio project contribution to the label's catalogue, leaning on euro-disco/italo - is ok, but remains imprisoned in time with somewhat dated mid-80s synth sound (the song "Dance" even echoes traces of what later became Erasure's hit "Oh Lamour").