Mark Richardson (3)

Mark Richardson (3)

Real Name:
Mark Richardson
Prolific mid-west USA mastering engineer known for his work in a variety of dance musics. 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 include this in the ANV.

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)

Mark Richardson (3) Discography

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Terumasa Hino Terumasa Hino - May Dance (Album) Flying Disk Japan 1977 Sell This Version
VSD 79404 James Moody James Moody - Beyond This World(LP) Vanguard VSD 79404 US 1978 Sell This Version
4 Reel (2) 4 Reel (2) - One Life To Live 4 Reel Records US 1980 Sell This Version
SC-1001 Plasticland Plasticland - Mink Dress(7", Single) Scadillac SC-1001 US 1980 Sell This Version
CT-4856 Privateer Privateer - Let The Waves Roll High(LP) Not On Label CT-4856 US 1981 Sell This Version
ZZ-0110 Zardoz (3) Zardoz (3) - Elaine(7") Zardoz Records ZZ-0110 US 1981 Sell This Version
Bil Vermette Bil Vermette - Katha Visions (Album) Rainforest Productions US 1984 Sell This Version
Plasticland Plasticland - Plasticland (Album) Young, Enigma Records (3) Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
L33-1226 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
SF-1517, SF1517 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 Slick Watts Slick Watts - Are You Ready!(LP) Piston Productions PP 87101 US 1987 Sell This Version
Paris Brightledge Paris Brightledge - Learn To Love D.J. International Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Marshall Jefferson Presents Dancing Flutes Marshall Jefferson Presents Dancing Flutes - Do The Do Underground US 1988 Sell This Version
Melodious Myles / Excel (2) Melodious Myles / Excel (2) - Be There Legit US 1988 Sell This Version
DJ 957 Peter Black Peter Black - How Far I Go(12") D.J. International Records DJ 957 US 1988 Sell This Version
Tyree* Tyree* - Tyree's Got A Brand New House (Album) D.J. International Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Street-Side-Boyz* Street-Side-Boyz* - I Want To Be With You Streetside Records US 1988 Sell This Version
SS 101 Master C + J* Master C + J* - One Day We'll All Be Free(12") Streetside Records SS 101 US 1988 Sell This Version
Groove II Groove Groove II Groove - Let Your Mine Be Free M Records (6) US 1988 Sell This Version
Mario Smokin Diaz* Mario Smokin Diaz* - Pump That Base Hot Mix 5 Records US 1988 Sell This Version
UN 2000 Various Various - The Original House Sound Of Chicago - Classic Acid Vol. 1(LP, Comp, W/Lbl, Promo) Underground UN 2000 US 1988 Sell This Version
DJ 965 Chip E. Chip E. - Get On Up(12", W/Lbl, Promo) D.J. International Records DJ 965 US 1988 Sell This Version
MJR 1001 Tibbs St. Posse Tibbs St. Posse - Naptown Is The Place To Chill(12") Monster Jam Records (2) MJR 1001 US 1988 Sell This Version
DJW 105 Jamie Principle Jamie Principle - Bad Boy(12") D.J. World Records DJW 105 US 1988 Sell This Version
UN 128 Tyree* Tyree* - T's Revenge It Takes A Thief(12") Underground UN 128 US 1988 Sell This Version

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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?