Mark Richardson (3)

Real Name:
Mark J. Richardson
Prolific mid-west USA mastering engineer known for his work in a variety of dance music. Richardson retired in 2014.
He worked at the following:
1988 - 1991, Session Masters (Carol Stream, IL).
10/1991 - 10/2000, Metropolis Mastering, Ltd (Chicago, IL).
10/2000 - 10/2014, Prairie Cat Mastering (Belvidere, IL).

Etchings in vinyl runout grooves are either initials only (e.g M.J.R.) or Mastering House/initials combined. If the artists initials are prefixed with the mastering house initials, please don't include this in the ANV, use only the artist initials.

Session Masters (SS prefix - May 1988 to August 1991)

Metropolis Mastering Ltd. (MM prefix - October 1991 to October 2000)

Prairie Cat Mastering (PC prefix - October 2000 to September 2014)
In Groups:


VIJ-6002 Mark Richardson (3) - May Dance album art Terumasa Hino Terumasa Hino - May Dance (Album) Flying Disk VIJ-6002 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
VSD 79404 Mark Richardson (3) - Beyond This World album art James Moody James Moody - Beyond This World(LP, Album) Vanguard VSD 79404 US 1978 Sell This Version
806-96 Mark Richardson (3) - One Life To Live album art 4 Reel (2) 4 Reel (2) - One Life To Live 4 Reel Records 806-96 US 1980 Sell This Version
SC-1001 Mark Richardson (3) - Mink Dress album art Plasticland Plasticland - Mink Dress(7", Single) Scadillac SC-1001 US 1980 Sell This Version
CT-4856 Mark Richardson (3) - Let The Waves Roll High album art Privateer Privateer - Let The Waves Roll High(LP) Not On Label CT-4856 US 1981 Sell This Version
ZZ-0110 Mark Richardson (3) - Elaine album art Zardoz (3) Zardoz (3) - Elaine(7") Zardoz Records ZZ-0110 US 1981 Sell This Version
none Mark Richardson (3) - Zone Of Swans album art Daszu Daszu - Zone Of Swans(Cass, Album) Not On Label none 1981 Sell This Version
MERL 35 Mark Richardson (3) - The Thirteenth Dream album art Spirit (8) Spirit (8) - The Thirteenth Dream (Album) Mercury MERL 35 UK 1984 Sell This Version
none Mark Richardson (3) - Katha Visions album art Bil Vermette Bil Vermette - Katha Visions (Album) Rainforest Productions none US 1984 Sell This Version
L33-1226 Mark Richardson (3) - Cherry Bomb (12" Version) album art Joan Jett And The Blackhearts* Joan Jett And The Blackhearts* - Cherry Bomb (12" Version)(12", Promo, Red) Blackheart Records, MCA Records L33-1226 US 1985 Sell This Version
308.7095 Mark Richardson (3) - Plasticland album art Plasticland Plasticland - Plasticland (Album) Young, Enigma Records (3) 308.7095 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
SF-1517, SF1517 Mark Richardson (3) - Chicago Metal Works Battalion #1 album art Various Unleash The Dogs Various - Chicago Metal Works Battalion #1(LP, Comp) Silver Fin Records, Silver Fin Records SF-1517, SF1517 US 1986 Sell This Version
PP 87101 Mark Richardson (3) - Are You Ready! album art Slick Watts Slick Watts - Are You Ready!(LP) Piston Productions (2) PP 87101 US 1987 Sell This Version
DBR1001 Mark Richardson (3) - Fast Cars / Touching The Shadows album art World Entity World Entity - Fast Cars / Touching The Shadows(12") Dub's Boys Records DBR1001 US 1987 Sell This Version
HMF 118 Mark Richardson (3) - Pump That Base album art Mario Smokin Diaz* Mario Smokin Diaz* - Pump That Base Hot Mix 5 Records HMF 118 US 1988 Sell This Version
D.J.I. 1016 Mark Richardson (3) - Tyree's Got A Brand New House album art Tyree* Tyree* - Tyree's Got A Brand New House (Album) D.J. International Records D.J.I. 1016 US 1988 Sell This Version
SS-102 Mark Richardson (3) - I Want To Be With You album art Street-Side-Boyz* Street-Side-Boyz* - I Want To Be With You Streetside Records SS-102 US 1988 Sell This Version
SS 101 Mark Richardson (3) - One Day We'll All Be Free album art Master C + J* Master C + J* - One Day We'll All Be Free(12") Streetside Records SS 101 US 1988 Sell This Version
MM-207 Mark Richardson (3) - Let Your Mine Be Free album art Groove II Groove Groove II Groove - Let Your Mine Be Free M Records (6) MM-207 US 1988 Sell This Version
UN129 Mark Richardson (3) - Do The Do album art Marshall Jefferson Presents Dancing Flutes Marshall Jefferson Presents Dancing Flutes - Do The Do Underground UN129 US 1988 Sell This Version
JW - 53448 Mark Richardson (3) - Be There album art Melodious Myles / Excel (2) Melodious Myles / Excel (2) - Be There Legit JW - 53448 US 1988 Sell This Version
DJ966 Mark Richardson (3) - Learn To Love album art Paris Brightledge Paris Brightledge - Learn To Love D.J. International Records DJ966 US 1988 Sell This Version
UN#2000 Mark Richardson (3) - The Original House Sound Of Chicago - Classic Acid Vol. 1 album art Various Various - The Original House Sound Of Chicago - Classic Acid Vol. 1 (Comp) Underground UN#2000 US 1988 Sell This Version
DJ 957 Mark Richardson (3) - How Far I Go album art Peter Black Peter Black - How Far I Go(12") D.J. International Records DJ 957 US 1988 Sell This Version
DJ 965 Mark Richardson (3) - Get On Up album art Chip E. Chip E. - Get On Up(12", Promo, W/Lbl) D.J. International Records DJ 965 US 1988 Sell This Version

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March 6, 2021
Anyone knows his second name, always abbr. as "J" (Mark J. Richardson, MJR, ...)?


March 4, 2019
Hey there Mark much luv from Houz'Mon you press all of my Dance Mania Releases Houz'mon 3 and Trax from tha dark side ep i got many licensing deals because of the awesome mastering you did!!! Truly wonderful to meet and doing business with you


June 23, 2018
Thanks Mark... Taught me alot about frequencies... Thanks for mastering my projects back in 1995... Great sessions.....


June 16, 2017
I met Mark very late in the game, shortly before his retirement. His ear and service was so good and honest that I'm still disappointed our working relationship was so short.

All the best Mark!


May 12, 2016
This guy had perceptive ears and a pronominal sense of sound analysis. His cuts sounded fantastic.


September 7, 2014
From Prairie Cat's Website:

7/6/14 - Prairie Cat Retirement
Hello Everyone,

Today I'm announcing that on October 1st 2014, Prairie Cat Mastering will be shutting down forever.
After 26 years, and over 14,500 records mastered, it's time to retire.

I will be doing business as usual until then. However, since most pressing plants need 4-5 weeks to do test pressings, any lacquers cut and shipped after August 25th will be at risk for re cutting.

The last day for cutting lacquers is Saturday, September 27th, 2014.

I wish to sincerely thank everyone of you that allowed me to be part of your projects over the years.

Good Health, Good Life, Good Luck



January 4, 2014
Probably best of today's times when it comes to dance music.


October 20, 2013
Legend of Chicago house. What more needs to be said?