Precision Records Labs Limited

Precision Records Labs Limited

Profile:
Precision Records Labs Ltd. started operating in the early 1980s and at the time provided Chicago with one of its only pressing plants. Run and owned by Larry Sherman, who would later go on to start Trax Records with the aid of Vince Lawrence, it provided a quick turn around of musical ideas onto vinyl.

The pressing facility was situated on the bottom floor of a large three story building on W. 38th Place and shared the premises with the offices of Precision and Trax Records. There were multiple presses in operation at any given time and Precision Records Labs pressed records for many other local labels. Records labels that used the plant included at times Mitchbal Records, House Records, Jes Say Records, and of course Precision Records and Trax Records.

Records pressed at Precision Records Labs Limited can often be recognized by PRL (followed by a works number) printed on the center labels or etched in the runout. However most of Trax Records and it's affiliated labels later releases, that were still pressed at Precision, lack this identifying mark. A helpful tool to decipher pressing year is found in these runout etchings. For example PRL-84 = the year 1984, PRL-85 = the year 1985, PRL-86 = the year 1986, etc.

It is also worth mentioning, despite popular belief, the coloring on the center labels did not always indicate which pressing or run a particular release was from. Unused center labels from first runs or first pressings were commonly reused on later runs to cut down on costs and wastage. It was also not unknown for Precision to mix up or forget center labels entirely resulting in records with wrong center labels, switched center labels, or missing center labels. Their use of recylced vinyl, often resulting in a poorer quality of product, is also widely known.
Contact Info:
Precision Records Labs Ltd.
932-934 W 38 Place
Chicago, IL 60609
Telephone: (312) 225-9117

Alternate address:
Precision Records Labs Ltd.
521 West 26th street
Chicago, IL 60616
Telephone: (312) 225-9117
[l281277]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
84164 Funk You Up  album cover Jesse Saunders Funk You Up(12") Precision Records (5) 84164 US 1984 Sell This Version
JS 9996 Under Cover  album cover Dr. Derelict* Under Cover(12", TP) Jes Say Records JS 9996 US 1984 Sell This Version
PHA 101 Studebaker  album cover David Liska Studebaker(7", Single) Pharoah PHA 101 US 1976 Sell This Version
PR 84378 Dum-Dum  album cover Fresh (2) Dum-Dum PR 84378 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-92 Record Review 1992  album cover Various Record Review 1992(12", S/Sided, EP) R & R Record Review PRL-92 US Unknown Sell This Version
PRL 8426 On And On  album cover Jesse Saunders On And On(12", Bla) Jes Say Records PRL 8426 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 8439 Dance Party Album  album cover Z-Factor Featuring Jesse Saunders Z-Factor Featuring Jesse Saunders - Dance Party Album (Album) PRL 8439 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 8491 Fantasy  album cover Z-Factor Featuring Jesse Saunders Z-Factor Featuring Jesse Saunders - Fantasy PRL 8491 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 8514 Super Rhythm Trax  album cover Jesse Velez Super Rhythm Trax(12") Trax Records, Trax Records, Trax Records PRL 8514 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8519 Funkin With The Drums  album cover Farley Funkin Keith* Funkin With The Drums PRL 8519 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8521 Wanna Dance?  album cover Le' Noiz Wanna Dance? PRL 8521 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8525 Boogie With A Book (Let's Read!)  album cover Carver High Boogie With A Book (Let's Read!)(7") Challenger Records PRL 8525 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8533 Go Wild Rythm Trax  album cover Virgo Go Wild Rythm Trax(LP, Blu) Other Side Records PRL 8533 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8536 Fantasy / I Got Broke Breakdancin'  album cover Z-Factor Featuring Jesse Saunders / Mc Ghee* Z-Factor Featuring Jesse Saunders / Mc Ghee* - Fantasy / I Got Broke Breakdancin'(12", MP) Mitchbal Records PRL 8536 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8536 I Got Broke Breakdancin'  album cover McGhee* I Got Broke Breakdancin'(12") Mitchbal Records PRL 8536 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8537 I Am The D.J.  album cover Z-Factor I Am The D.J. PRL 8537 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8541 Waiting On My Angel  album cover Jesse Saunders Waiting On My Angel(12") Precision Records (5) PRL 8541 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8542 Aw Shucks (Let's Go Let's Go)  album cover Jack Master Funk* Aw Shucks (Let's Go Let's Go) PRL 8542 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8558 Finger Pop  album cover Ricky Rimfire* Finger Pop(12") Sound Pak PRL 8558 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8576 R-Trax / D-Rail  album cover Knight Action R-Trax / D-Rail(12") Let's Dance PRL 8576 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8577 Rock The Nation  album cover Matt Warren Rock The Nation(12") Alwan Records, Alwan Records PRL 8577 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85 80 Music Is The Key  album cover J.M. Silk Music Is The Key PRL 85 80 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8599 I'm Scared  album cover Le' Noiz I'm Scared(12") Trax Records PRL 8599 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8612 Jack The Box  album cover Terrence Woodard Jack The Box PRL 8612 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8614 Hardcore Jazz  album cover Duane And Co.* Hardcore Jazz PRL 8614 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 8620 The House Music Anthem  album cover Marshall Jefferson The House Music Anthem PRL 8620 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 84113 Mastermind  album cover Steve Cobb Mastermind(12") Cobbala Records PRL 84113 US 1983 Sell This Version
PRL 84127 Funk-U-Up  album cover Jesse Saunders Featuring The Badd Chicks Jesse Saunders Featuring The Badd Chicks - Funk-U-Up(12") Jes Say Records PRL 84127 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-84130 Shakin' Your Body (Poppin' Yo Thang) / Love That's For Real  album cover Special Touch (5) Shakin' Your Body (Poppin' Yo Thang) / Love That's For Real(12") Brackett Records PRL-84130 US 1983 Sell This Version
PRL-84131 Shakin' Your Body (Poppin' That Thang) / Love That's For Real  album cover Special Touch (5) Shakin' Your Body (Poppin' That Thang) / Love That's For Real(7") Brackett Records PRL-84131 US 1983 Sell This Version
PRL 84155 Give This Night A Chance  album cover Penetration (5) Give This Night A Chance(12") Brad-Von Records PRL 84155 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84164 Funk You Up  album cover Jesse Saunders Funk You Up PRL 84164 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-84164 B.T. (Boogie Terrestrial)  album cover Yohon B.T. (Boogie Terrestrial) PRL-84164 US 1982 Sell This Version
PRL 84167 Funk You Up  album cover Jesse Saunders Funk You Up(12", TP) Street Fire Records PRL 84167 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-84173 I Still Love You Girl / I Like Spending My Time With You  album cover Lust (9) I Still Love You Girl / I Like Spending My Time With You(7") Cash Records (9) PRL-84173 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-84190 Trying To Make A Wrong Thing Right  album cover Charles Wilson Trying To Make A Wrong Thing Right(12") Alleycat PRL-84190 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-84216 Stay / Don't Keep Your Love A Secret / Right In the Middle  album cover Encore (9) featuring Walter Brooks Encore (9) featuring Walter Brooks - Stay / Don't Keep Your Love A Secret / Right In the Middle(12") Encore Records (10) PRL-84216 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84232 Hang Loose / Flying High  album cover Real Side Hang Loose / Flying High(12", Promo) Song Bird Records PRL 84232 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84242 Under Cover  album cover Dr. Derelict* Under Cover PRL 84242 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84243 Trying To Make A Wrong Thing Right  album cover Charles Wilson Trying To Make A Wrong Thing Right (Single) PRL 84243 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84256 Single Girl  album cover Knight Action Featuring Sedenia Knight Action Featuring Sedenia - Single Girl(7") Let's Dance PRL 84256 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84303 Nobody  album cover Joey O And Out Of Control Nobody(12") Let's Dance PRL 84303 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84316 Undercover (Remix)  album cover Dr. Derelict* Undercover (Remix)(12") Jes Say Records PRL 84316 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-84335 I Really Want You / Time To Jam  album cover Smoke City (2) I Really Want You / Time To Jam(12", Promo) BBC Records / America PRL-84335 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-84336 Hang Loose / Flying High  album cover Real Side Hang Loose / Flying High(12") Walter House PRL-84336 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84340 The D.J.  album cover Z-Factor The D.J.(12") Mitchbal Records PRL 84340 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84341 Thorns  album cover Vince Lawrence Thorns(12", TP) Mitchbal Records PRL 84341 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84348 Come To Me  album cover Gwendolyn Come To Me PRL 84348 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-84354 Nervous  album cover Leather (3) Nervous(12") Soft-Winds Records PRL-84354 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-84358 In The Groove  album cover Outter Limitt In The Groove(12") Inner City Trade Records PRL-84358 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL-84366 Rest In Pieces  album cover Happy Toons (2) / Dead Fink Happy Toons (2) / Dead Fink - Rest In Pieces(7") Landmind Records PRL-84366 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 84841 Thorns  album cover Vince Lawrence Thorns(12") Mitchbal Records PRL 84841 US 1984 Sell This Version
PRL 85002 My Main Man  album cover Screamin' Rachel* My Main Man(12") Trax Records PRL 85002 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85101 Girls Out On The Floor  album cover Jesse Velez Girls Out On The Floor(12", Red) Trax Records PRL 85101 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85101 Alone At Last  album cover Anwar* Alone At Last(LP, Album) Eusonia Records (2) PRL 85101 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85105 Jack The Bass / Jack The Dick  album cover Jack Master Funk* / Jack Master Dick* Jack Master Funk* / Jack Master Dick* - Jack The Bass / Jack The Dick PRL 85105 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85109 Funkin With The Drums Again / Jack The Dick  album cover Farley Jackmaster Funk* / Jack Master Dick* Farley Jackmaster Funk* / Jack Master Dick* - Funkin With The Drums Again / Jack The Dick(12") Trax Records, Trax Records PRL 85109 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85116 Like This  album cover K Joy* Like This PRL 85116 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85117 Dance  album cover Grant Dance PRL 85117 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85129 Funkin With The Drums Again  album cover Farley Jackmaster Funk* Funkin With The Drums Again PRL 85129 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85130 Funny Love  album cover Dezz 7* Funny Love PRL 85130 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85131 Virgo Tracks Again  album cover Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again PRL 85131 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 85133 Super Rhythm Trax  album cover Jesse Velez Super Rhythm Trax PRL 85133 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 85138 Special Touch (5) All I Need For Christmas (Is You)(12", W/Lbl) Brackett Records PRL 85138 Unknown Sell This Version
PRL 86002 Shoot Your Best Shot  album cover Mr. Lee & Kompany Shoot Your Best Shot(12") Mitchbal Records PRL 86002 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 86104 Sensation  album cover Ron Hardy Sensation(12") Trax Records PRL 86104 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 86112 No Way Back  album cover Adonis No Way Back PRL 86112 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 86113 I've Lost Control  album cover Sleezy D. I've Lost Control PRL 86113 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 86114 Thanks 4 The Trax U Lost  album cover The House Master Boyz* Thanks 4 The Trax U Lost PRL 86114 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 86114 Free Yourself  album cover Virgo Free Yourself PRL 86114 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 86115 Dum Dum Part Two  album cover Fresh (2) Dum Dum Part Two PRL 86115 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 86117 It's O.K., It's O.K.  album cover The Force It's O.K., It's O.K.(12") Jes Say Records PRL 86117 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 86118 When You Hold Me  album cover Master C & J When You Hold Me PRL 86118 US 1986 Sell This Version
PRL 86209 Give Your Self To Me  album cover The Rude Boy Himself Farley Farley Farley* / The Rude Boy Farley Keith The Rude Boy Himself Farley Farley Farley* / The Rude Boy Farley Keith - Give Your Self To Me PRL 86209 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX104 Jack The Bass / Jack The Dick  album cover Jack Master Funk* / Jack Master Dick* Jack Master Funk* / Jack Master Dick* - Jack The Bass / Jack The Dick(12", Bla) Trax Records TX104 US 1985 Sell This Version
TX 107 Virgo Tracks Again  album cover Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again(12", Red) Trax Records TX 107 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX112 No Way Back  album cover Adonis No Way Back(12", Bla) Trax Records TX112 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX 326 Funk You Up  album cover Jesse Saunders Funk You Up(12") Trax Records TX 326 US 1996 Sell This Version