Herb Powers Jr.

Herb Powers Jr.

Real Name:
Herb Powers Jr.
Legendary mastering and lacquer-cutting engineer who worked for years at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs' NYC facility and was responsible for cutting a respectable share of classic Prelude and West End titles, as well as tons of disco, house, funk, and hip-hop classics over the years.
Herb still does lacquer-cutting and vinyl mastering, but most of his business is now in the digital domain. He owns and operates his own mastering facility called PM Entertainment, a.k.a POWERS MASTERING STUDIO.
He almost always includes shout-outs and dedications inscribed in the run-out groove "dead-wax" of his earlier vinyl work, followed by one of his numerous signatures and his trademark smiley face.
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Herb Powers Jr. Discography


PRL D650 Visual The Music Got Me (Instrumental) Visual - The Music Got Me(12") Prelude Records PRL D650 US 1983 Sell This Version
Evelyn Champagne King* Flirt (Body Groove) (as Herbie and 2 more… Evelyn Champagne King* - Flirt (Single, Maxi) EMI-Manhattan Records, EMI-Manhattan Records US 1988 Sell This Version


100.372, 100 372 Pure Energy Feat. Lisa Stevens Pure Energy Feat. Lisa Stevens - Love Game(7", Single) Jonathan, Jonathan 100.372, 100 372 France 1983 Sell This Version


VI 7002 The Rhythm Makers The Rhythm Makers - Soul On Your Side(LP, Album) Vigor Records VI 7002 US 1976 Sell This Version
SD 36-140 Blue Magic Blue Magic - Mystic Dragons(LP, Album) ATCO Records SD 36-140 US 1976 Sell This Version
ZS8 4782 People's Choice People's Choice - Movin' In All Directions(7", Mono, Promo) TSOP ZS8 4782 US 1976 Sell This Version
RD 2003 Ecstasy, Passion & Pain Featuring Barbara Roy / Whirlwind Touch And Go Ecstasy, Passion & Pain Featuring Barbara Roy / Whirlwind - Touch And Go / Full Time Thing (Between Dusk And Dawn)(12") Roulette RD 2003 US 1976 Sell This Version
PZ 34358 Instant Funk Instant Funk - Get Down With The Philly Jump(LP, Album, Promo) TSOP PZ 34358 US 1976 Sell This Version
76-5003 John Davis And The Monster Orchestra* John Davis And The Monster Orchestra* - Tell Me How You Like It(7", Promo) SAM Records 76-5003 US 1976 Sell This Version
ASD 281 Instant Funk Instant Funk - Philly Jump(12", Promo) TSOP, Columbia ASD 281 US 1976 Sell This Version
ZS8 4781 People's Choice People's Choice - Here We Go Again(7", Single) TSOP ZS8 4781 US 1976 Sell This Version
ZS8 4784 People's Choice People's Choice - Cold Blooded & Down-Right-Funky(7", Single, Promo) TSOP ZS8 4784 US 1976 Sell This Version
DSKO 73 Barrabas Barrabas - Desperately / Broadway Star(12", Promo) Atlantic DSKO 73 US 1976 Sell This Version
JZ 34659 Philadelphia International All-Stars, The* Philadelphia International All-Stars, The* - Let's Clean Up The Ghetto(LP, Album) Philadelphia International Records JZ 34659 US 1977 Sell This Version
PZ 34390, 34390 Teddy Pendergrass Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy Pendergrass(LP, Album, Promo) Philadelphia International Records, Philadelphia International Records PZ 34390, 34390 US 1977 Sell This Version
RA-107 Ananta Ananta - Wheels Of Time(LP, Album, Promo) Govinda Records (2) RA-107 US 1978 Sell This Version
Willie Wood & Wiliie Wood Crew* Willie Wood & Wiliie Wood Crew* - Willie Rap Sound Of New York, USA US 1979 Sell This Version
Final Edition Final Edition - No Limit VAP Records, Inc. US 1979 Sell This Version
NU9500, NU 9500 Various Various - Night Moves (The Professional Approach To Disco Dance Instruction)(2xLP, Album + Box) K-Tel, K-Tel NU9500, NU 9500 US 1979 Sell This Version
12 CLS-7002 Carter Cornelius Carter Cornelius - Lightning Strikes(12") Celsius 12 CLS-7002 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
Dr. Love & Sister Love Dr. Love & Sister Love - Doctor Love & Sister Love Rap Heavenly Star Records US 1979 Sell This Version
5010 Sicle Cell & Rhapazooty Sicle Cell & Rhapazooty - Rhapazooty In Blue(12") Showstoppers Records 5010 US 1979 Sell This Version
703 Cloud One Cloud One - Patty Duke(12") Sound Of New York, USA 703 US 1979 Sell This Version
Johnson Products Johnson Products - Johnson Jumpin' Sound Of New York, USA US 1979 Sell This Version
Family (4) Family (4) - Family Rap Sound Of New York, USA US 1979 Sell This Version

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April 1, 2016
Herb Powers was a staple for me in my DJ career. When I saw a record mastered by him,i know I was in for a treat. I was actually angered to find some of the records I liked NOT mastered by him,once i got home them from the record store. But given the large amount of gems he made sound so good,he couldn't be everywhere or on every record. He's a friend on Facebook that I got the opportunity to chat with recently. Hats off to you brother,I hear vinyl is making a comeback,and I only hope you're part of it!!


January 26, 2016
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The Rudy Van Gelder of the Electro / Funk scene (with best respect to both engineers) ;))


February 23, 2015
Herbie! Thanks for all the great sounding classics ; )


December 26, 2013
Every time I see "Herbie Jr. :^) " on a record, I know it's going to be worth buying!


June 22, 2013
As Discogs only allows Videos on Youtube to be embedded, here's a link to a 100 minute long interview with Herb Powers Jr. at the Red Bull Academy in 2013: http://vimeo.com/66162113


March 29, 2011
Of the hundreds of records I have listened to where I see the Herbie Jr etching in the runouts, all mastered nearly perfectly. This man has done the music world a huge favor one record at a time in a career spanning way longer than I have been alive.

What I always found fascinating is how he is able to saturate the mids and high range frequencies without even the slightest bit of artifacting or distortion, i.e. the hi hats always sound super crisp yet don't jump out of the speakers and hiss you down.

Same goes for the bass, especially 808 kick drums, which always seem to be mixed PERFECTLY and punch hard even on a not so great stereo. I bet an 808 would boom on a clock radio speaker if Herb mastered it! :)... Keep in mind this quality has been in effect since the late 70's. I guess I could go so far as to say the final mix on a lot of Def Jam / Profile / Capitol mid to late 80's rap records was DEFINED by Herb Powers. Just listen to a lot of today's pop rap which uses essentially the same TR-808 / 909 drum kits and tell me if it hits as hard or as clean. NO? WHY NOT? Because sadly this is a gift that is fading from the studios and engineering process of recorded music.

Modern technology will allow anyone to record, mix and release an album from their bedroom now..... but will it ever replace the God-given talent of making it sound like Herbie Jr mastered it?


January 17, 2008
I grew up having a close relationship knowing the Powers family. Herb, his wife and children were always happy people,pleasant to be around. Now i know, its a credit to Herbs humbleness and his layed back persona. I always knew Herb had a good job, I just never knew how blessed and accomplished he really was. To me he was the everyday family guy, the handyman, or the guy who had a nice car on the block. To others, he is the constant worker and dedicated professional who has had a lifetime of achievement within a career survived by longevity. He is the definition of dedication and success, he has always been a role model for me, he is Herb Powers Jr, and he is certainly one of a kind.

With Sincerity,