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Our in-store music selection of over 100,000 CDs and LPs includes: Rock, Alternative, Punk, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, other genres, and often Chicago albums. Our in-store DVD selection of over 10,000 titles includes: Action, Comedy, Criterion, Disney, TV DVDs and more. We hope you can visit our unique record store to see our Chicago record collection, Chicago CD collection and much more. We are located in historic downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia,
which is easily accessible by car, train and bus.
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Vinyl, and they will be recycled into the hands of music and movie lovers who can appreciate them again. From personal collections to estate collections, from reviewer/radio station surplus to entire store inventories- no collection is too large! Contact us in order to determine how much we can pay you for your collection.
We appreciate your support for Chicago and our indie music store!
They Might Be Giants played free show this past Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012!
You may not know this, but independent record stores have a holiday all their own. The third Saturday of April every year is National Record Store Day! We've participated in every one since it began five years ago, and every year we've had a fantastic turnout. This past April, we were thrilled to have the Grammy-award winning band They Might Be Giants help us celebrate by performing a free concert in the nearby Princeton Public Library courtyard.
At this point, a very small percentage of you may be wondering, "wait, who are these guys?" I'm glad you asked - but the truth of the matter is you've probably heard them and just don't know it. Have you ever seen the intro to the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle"? That's them. Have you ever gotten "The Daily Show's" opening song stuck in your head? That's them, and we were honored that they chose our store as the place where they wanted to play.
We'd like to mention a special thanks to our friends at Princeton Public Library who graciously agreed to host the concert. (With all the merchandise we carry, we didn’t have the space!). The staff really went out of their way to pull this off.
The weather was great, the band was in fine form and the turnout was fantastic! Over 1,000 folks showed up, and the band spent hours at the store after at a meet-and-greet posing for photos and signing autographs. It was truly a memorable day.
In addition to TMBG, Record Store Day featured hundreds of limited edition vinyl records from the most talented musicians of our time. If you're interested in one of the limited edition releases at the next Record Store Day, we highly recommend you arrive early to maximize your chances of buying a copy. It's first come, first serve, so we look forward to seeing you bright and early!
Chicago is a rock band that was formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The band began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental rock band and later moved to a softer sound, becoming famous for producing a number of hit ballads. They had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.
The band was formed when a group of DePaul University music students began playing a series of late-night jams at clubs on and off campus. These jams soon turned into sell-out Chicago concerts, and the band took off. They added more members, eventually growing to seven players, and went professional as a cover band called The Big Thing. The band featured an unusual and unusually versatile line-up of instrumentalists, including saxophonist Walter Parazaider, trombonist James Pankow, and trumpet player Lee Loughnane, along with more traditional rock instruments - guitarist Terry Kath, keyboardist Robert Lamm, drummer Danny Seraphine, and bassist Peter Cetera (who was the last to join the original group). While gaining some success as a cover band, the group worked on original songs and, in 1968, moved to Los Angeles, California under the guidance of their friend and manager James William Guercio, and signed with Columbia Records. Upon release of their first record in early 1969, the band took a new name, Chicago Transit Authority. While the name change confused some fans, Chicago ticket sales continued to explode, and their popularity only improved.
Chicago Discography Updated January 2007 Chicago Albums
Chicago Vinyl and Chicago CDs: Studio
1969 - Chicago Transit Authority - Chicago
1970 - Chicago II - Chicago
1971 - Chicago III - Chicago
1971 - At Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1-4 (Chicago IV) [live] - Chicago
1972 - Chicago V - Chicago
1972 - Live in Japan - Chicago
1973 - Chicago VI - Chicago
1974 - Chicago VII - Chicago
1975 - Chicago VIII - Chicago
1976 - Chicago X - Chicago
1977 - Chicago XI - Chicago
1978 - Hot Streets - Chicago
1979 - Chicago 13 - Chicago
1980 - Chicago XIV - Chicago
1982 - Chicago 16 - Full Moon/Warner Bros.
1984 - Chicago 17 - Full Moon/Warner Bros.
1986 - Chicago 18 - Full Moon/Warner Bros.
1988 - Chicago 19 - Full Moon/Reprise
1991 - Chicago Twenty 1 - Full Moon/Warner Bros.
1995 - Night and Day: Big-Band - Giant
1998 - Chicago's First Christmas - Chicago
1998 - Chicago 25: The Christmas Album - Chicago
1999 - Chicago XXVI -- The Live Album - Chicago
2003 - Christmas: What's It Gonna Be Santa? - Rhino
2006 - Chicago XXX - Rhino
Chicago Records and Chicago CD Releases: Compilations
1975 - Chicago IX: Greatest Hits - Chicago
1976 - Chicago [17 LP Box] - Columbia
1978 - Chicago Transit Authority: Live in Concert [Magnum] - Magnum
1981 - Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 - Chicago
1982 - If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
1982 - Love Songs [TVT] - TVT
1984 - Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival 69 [live] - Design
1985 - Beginnings - Charly
1985 - Take Me Back to Chicago - Columbia
1986 - Live Chicago - Castle
1989 - Greatest Hits 1982-1989 - Full Moon/Reprise
1989 - Beginnings Live - Peter Pan
1989 - The Best of Chicago - Crusader
1990 - Liberation - Pair
1991 - Group Portrait [4 CD] - Chicago
1992 - Chicago VIII/Street Player - Castle
1993 - In Concert [Pilz] [live] - Pilz
1994 - Live in Concert - Happy Bird
1995 - Chicago Live [Public Music] - Public Music
1995 - Overtime - Astral [Canada]
1996 - Live [Richmond] - Richmond
1996 - Live in Concert [Masters of Jazz] - Intercontinental
1996 - Chicago in Concert [Picture Disc] [live] - Digimobi
1996 - In Concert [Digmode] [live] - Digmode Entertainment
1996 - Live in Toronto - Magnum
1997 - Great: Chicago in Concert [live] - Goldies
1997 - The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997 - Warner Bros.
1998 - The Heart of Chicago 1967-1998, Vol. 2 - Warner Bros.
1998 - 25 Years of Gold - Import
1998 - The Masters: Chicago Live - Cleopatra
1998 - Chicago Transit Authority: Live in Concert ... - Onyx
1999 - I'm a Man [Delta] [live] - Hallmark
1999 - Chicago - Classic World
1999 - Beat the Bootleggers: Live 1967 - Griffin Music
1999 - Live: I'm a Man - Castle Communications
1999 - The Heart of Chicago: 1982-1997 [Bonus Booklet] - WEA International
1999 - Live! [Columbia River] - Columbia River
1999 - Rock in Toronto [live] - Purple Pyramid
1999 - Anthology - Dressed to Kill
2000 - Live '69 - Prism
2000 - The Heart of Chicago: 1967-1981 - Dealmakers
2000 - The Heart of Chicago: 1967-1981 - Dealmakers
2000 - Feelin' Stronger Every Day - Golgr
2000 - 30th Anniversary Collection - Festival
2001 - The Heart of Chicago: 1982-1997 - Wea International
2001 - Great Rock Standards - Wesgram
2001 - Live [Laseright] - LaserLight
2002 - The Hit Years - Live - ATP
2002 - I'm a Man [Music Digital] [live] - Music Digital
2002 - The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning - Rhino
2002 - Live [Hallmark] - Hallmark
2002 - Live 25 or 6 to 4 - Prestige Elite
2003 - Chicago Story: The Complete Greatest Hits 1967-2002 - WEA International
2003 - Chicago Live [Silver Star] - Silver Star
2003 - Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD] - Rhino
2003 - The Complete Chicago - Klone
2004 - Another Rainy Day in New York - Falcon Home Ent.
2005 - Love Songs [Rhino] - Warner Strategic
2005 - Chicago Live [Platinum] - Platinum Disc
2005 - Pop Legends - Pop Legends
2005 - Love Me Tomorrow - WEA/Warner
2005 - Unreleased Rarities from Chicago at Carnegie Hall [live] - Warner
2005 - Chicago IX: Greatest Hits [Rhino] - Rhino
2006 - In Concert [Creative Sounds] [live] - Creative Sounds
Chicago CD's and Chicago Vinyl: Singles
1989 - Hard to Say - Warner Bros.
1990 - Hearts in Trouble - Warner Bros.
1991 - Explain It to My Heart - Warner Bros.
1991 - Chasing the Wind - Warner Bros.
1991 - You Come to My Senses - Warner Bros.
2003 - Live [Australia CD] - Import
2005 - Rhino Hi-Five: Chicago - Warner
Chicago DVDs & Chicago Music Videos
1984 - Chicago 17 [Video] - Pioneer
1992 - And the Band Played On - Warner Bros.
1994 - Chicago in Concert at the Greek Theatre [video] [live] - Reprise/WEA
2001 - RAW: Real Artists Working [Video/DVD] - Music Video Distributors
2003 - A&E Live By Request - Rhino
2004 - Soundstage Presents Chicago Live - Koch Vision
2005 - Live at the Greek Theatre [DVD] - Image
Chicago CD and Chicago Records Releases: Appearances 1978 - 1998
1978 - Do It Samba Soul - Drums
1978 - Hot Streets Chicago - Producer
1981 - Greatest Hits, Vol.2 Chicago - Producer
1982 - If You Leave Me Now Chicago - Producer
1983 - Two of a Kind John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - Performer
1985 - Superstars in Digital Various Artists - Performer
1985 - USA for Africa: We Are the World Various Artists - Performer
1986 - Chicago18 Chicago - Vocal Arrangement
1990 - Let's Dance [Columbia] Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1991 - Chicago Twenty1 Chicago
1991 - Days of Thunder Original Soundtrack - Performer
1991 - My Girl Original Soundtrack - Performer
1992 - Best of Tour of Duty Various Artists - Performer
1993 - Go Slow Down The BoDeans - Handclapping
1994 - My Girl2 Original Soundtrack - Performer
1995 - Endless Love [PolyGram TV] Various Artists - Performer
1995 - Kuschelrock, Vol. 9 Various Artists - Performer
1995 - Rock & Roll Festival, Vol.1 Various Artists - Performer
1995 - Ultimate 80's Ballads Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Boo the Boss Playa Boo the Boss Playa - Vocals
1996 - In the County Shole Is Crist - Performer
1996 - Rock Dreams, Vol.1 [Eclipse Music Group] Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Rock Dreams, Vol.2 [Eclipse Music Group] Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Rock On1975 Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Daytrippers, Vol.1 Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Daytrippers: 50 Classic Tracks from the Sixties by Or Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Global Rock, Vol.10: From London to L.A. Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Global Rock, Vol. 3: From London to L.A. Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Global Rock, Vol. 6: From London to L.A. Various Artists - Performer
1997 - In Search of Space: 60's to 70's, Vol.2 Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Innovative Guitar of Terry Kath Terry Kath - Performer
1997 - Kuschelrock, Vol.11 Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Legends of Rock [Mega Stars] Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Seventies Generation:1970 Various Artists - Performer
1998 - 70 Number One Hits of the 70s, Vols.1-6 Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Chicago Blues: The Chance Era Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Chicken Soup for the Soul: Collection Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Chicken Soup for the Soul: I'll Be There for You Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Chicken Soup for the Soul: Love and Inspiration Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Disraeli Years Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Heart of Chicago1967-1998, Vol.2 Chicago - Producer
1998 - Hot on the Highway Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Most Relaxing Album in the World Ever Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Touch of David Foster David Foster - Performer
Chicago Music CDs and other Chicago CD's: Appearances 1999 - Present
1999 - 60's Box Set Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Acid Space Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Acid: Final Frontier Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Best of the Best: 70's Pop & Rock, Vol.2 Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Gift to You Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Heart Beats: Now & Forever - Timeless Wedding Songs Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Kuschelrock, Vol.1 Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Millennium Classic Rock Party Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Millennium Party [Rhino Box] Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Pop Music: The Golden Era1951-1975 Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Rock On,1975: Midnight Blue Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Seventies Generation:1970-1971 Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Songs of Diane Warren Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Sony Music100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Col Various Artists - Performer
2000 - Rock Machine Turns You Back On Various Artists - Performer
2000 - Seventies Generation: A Decade of Fun Various Artists - Performer
2000 - Singers & Songwriters:1972-1973 Various Artists - Performer
2000 - Singers & Songwriters:1976-1977 Various Artists - Performer
2000 - Stop Handgun Violence Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Easy Rock Various Artists - Performer
2001 - New Millennium Love Songs Various Artists - Performer
2002 - Disco Heat Kenny Dope - Performer
2002 - Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning Chicago - Producer, Original Recording Producer
2003 - Broken But Not Dead Punishment - Vocals (bckgr)
2003 - Chicago13 [Bonus Tracks] Chicago - Producer
2003 - Chicago Story: The Complete Greatest Hits1967-2002 Chicago - Producer, Compilation Producer
2003 - Chicago X [Bonus Tracks] Chicago - Vocals
2003 - Christmas: What's It Gonna Be Santa? Chicago - Reissue Producer
2003 - Hot Streets [Bonus Track] Chicago - Producer
2003 - Soul Heaven: London & Ibiza Little Louie Vega - Producer
2005 - Love Songs [Rhino] Chicago - Producer
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