Herb Powers Jr.

Real Name:
Herb Powers Jr.
Profile:
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.

He has worked at Hit Factory Mastering.
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Writing & Arrangement

none Herb Powers Jr. - Honey EP album art Mariah Carey Honey (Bad Boy Remix) Mariah Carey - Honey EP(12xFile, WAV, EP, 24B) Legacy none 2020

Technical

ASD 281 Herb Powers Jr. - Philly Jump album art Instant Funk Instant Funk - Philly Jump(12", Mono, Promo) TSOP, Columbia ASD 281 US 1976 Sell This Version
76-5003 Herb Powers Jr. - Tell Me How You Like It album art 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
ZS8 4782 Herb Powers Jr. - Movin' In All Directions album art People's Choice People's Choice - Movin' In All Directions(7", Mono, Promo) TSOP ZS8 4782 US 1976 Sell This Version
DEDJ-1590 Herb Powers Jr. - Super Band album art Kool And The Gang* Kool And The Gang* - Super Band(7", Mono, Promo) De-Lite Records DEDJ-1590 US 1976 Sell This Version
ZS8 3599 Herb Powers Jr. - Life On Mars album art Dexter Wansel Dexter Wansel - Life On Mars(7", Single, Styrene, Pit) Philadelphia International Records ZS8 3599 US 1976 Sell This Version
DEP-2023 Herb Powers Jr. - Open Sesame album art Kool & The Gang Kool & The Gang - Open Sesame(LP, Album, RP, Gat) De-Lite Records DEP-2023 US 1976 Sell This Version
VI-7001, VI 7001 Herb Powers Jr. - Street People album art Street People Street People - Street People (Album) Vigor Records, Vigor Records VI-7001, VI 7001 US 1976 Sell This Version
ZS8 4784 Herb Powers Jr. - Cold Blooded & Down-Right-Funky album art People's Choice People's Choice - Cold Blooded & Down-Right-Funky(7", Single, Mono, Promo) TSOP ZS8 4784 US 1976 Sell This Version
PZ 34394, 34394 Herb Powers Jr. - Jean Carn album art Jean Carn Jean Carn - Jean Carn (Album) Philadelphia International Records, Philadelphia International Records PZ 34394, 34394 US 1976 Sell This Version
45-7061 Herb Powers Jr. - Spark Of Love album art Blue Magic Blue Magic - Spark Of Love (Single) ATCO Records, WMOT Records 45-7061 US 1976 Sell This Version
MARLIN 2201 Herb Powers Jr. - Arabian Nights album art The Ritchie Family The Ritchie Family - Arabian Nights(LP, Album, P/Mixed, Mon) Marlin MARLIN 2201 US 1976 Sell This Version
ZS8 4784 Herb Powers Jr. - Jam, Jam, Jam (All Night Long) album art People's Choice People's Choice - Jam, Jam, Jam (All Night Long)(7", Single, Styrene, Pit) TSOP ZS8 4784 US 1976 Sell This Version
ZS8 3602 Herb Powers Jr. - Travelin' In Heavy Traffic album art Don Covay Don Covay - Travelin' In Heavy Traffic(7", Promo) Philadelphia International Records ZS8 3602 US 1976 Sell This Version
DSKO 73 Barrabas Barrabas - Desperately / Broadway Star(12", TP) Atlantic DSKO 73 US 1976 Sell This Version
ZS8-3597 Herb Powers Jr. - My Music album art Bunny Sigler Bunny Sigler - My Music(7", Styrene) Philadelphia International Records ZS8-3597 US 1976 Sell This Version
ZS8 4781 Herb Powers Jr. - Here We Go Again album art People's Choice People's Choice - Here We Go Again (Single) TSOP ZS8 4781 US 1976 Sell This Version
PZQ 34245 Herb Powers Jr. - Message In The Music album art The O'Jays The O'Jays - Message In The Music(LP, Album, Quad, Ter) Philadelphia International Records PZQ 34245 US 1976 Sell This Version
SD 36-140 Herb Powers Jr. - Mystic Dragons album art Blue Magic Blue Magic - Mystic Dragons (Album) ATCO Records SD 36-140 US 1976 Sell This Version
DISCO 1732 Herb Powers Jr. - I Wanna Spend My Whole Life With You album art Street People Street People - I Wanna Spend My Whole Life With You(12", Promo) Vigor Records DISCO 1732 US 1976 Sell This Version
PZ 34124 Herb Powers Jr. - We Got The Rhythm album art People's Choice People's Choice - We Got The Rhythm (Album) TSOP PZ 34124 US 1976 Sell This Version
PZ 33957 Herb Powers Jr. - All Things In Time album art Lou Rawls Lou Rawls - All Things In Time (Album) Philadelphia International Records PZ 33957 US 1976 Sell This Version
2424 135 Herb Powers Jr. - All My Life album art Arthur Prysock Arthur Prysock - All My Life(LP, Album) Polydor 2424 135 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
PZ 34358 Herb Powers Jr. - Get Down With The Philly Jump album art Instant Funk Instant Funk - Get Down With The Philly Jump(LP, Album, Promo) TSOP PZ 34358 US 1976 Sell This Version
VI 7002 Herb Powers Jr. - Soul On Your Side album art The Rhythm Makers The Rhythm Makers - Soul On Your Side (Album) Vigor Records VI 7002 US 1976 Sell This Version

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Digger-Lord_Chasky

Digger-Lord_Chasky

November 9, 2020
The all time best ever
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smainfunk

smainfunk

April 16, 2020
We rarely talk about him but he’s everywhere on our Shelves
Maybe one of the most important person in the 70 & 80 decades in the black music industry !??
So talented that he had monopoly and in my mind he worked night and day like a slave
But sure it’s been a pleasure for him

Always smiling on pics, seems to be a nice person. I better understand the smileys on dead wax ;)

Thanks a ton Man

Just wondering if he became close of some soul funk artist, if he tried to produce something, what’s his taste, did he’s more on soul side, disco, boogie, electro ?

So curious about him as he handled tons of original tapes in his golden hands
And many have never been released moreover... he probably heard some insane lost tapes

I dream about live his life during 70/80’s... can’t be more happy to go at work !

Big Respect to this Monster Shadow Worker
Thanks for all these perfect jobs
gdhalla

gdhalla

July 7, 2019
Found his beautiful name etched on the vinyl of Ashford and Simpson album Street Opera, which I just pulled out of storage. It sounds meticulous. Had to look him up. Incredible mastering.
ruffrob

ruffrob

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!!
soulkings

soulkings

January 26, 2016
edited over 6 years ago
The Rudy Van Gelder of the Electro / Funk scene (with best respect to both engineers) ;))
discfiend

discfiend

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

MeanDumpsterCat

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

Yemsky

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
Media-Rite

Media-Rite

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?
B2BBL

B2BBL

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,
Benny

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