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Founded in 1980 as an independent music store, the Princeton Record Exchange continues to promote and support some of the best musicians and their recordings, including Etta James CDs, DVDs and more. Read about us in Published Articles and read our Customer Reviews on Yelp.com We appreciate your support for our indie music store!

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 Etta James 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 Etta James record collection, Etta James 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.

Sell us your unwanted CDs DVDs and 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 Etta James 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!

 

Etta James Biography

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, California) is an American Blues, R&B and Gospel singer. In the 1950s and 60s, she had her biggest success as a Blues and R&B singer. She is best-known for her 1961 ballad "At Last", which has been classified as a "timeless classic" and has been featured in many movies and television commercials since its release.

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Etta James Bio Continued

There are at least two versions of how Johnny Otis discovered Etta James: Otis's version is that she came to his hotel room after one of his performances in San Francisco and persuaded him to audition her. Another frequently told story is that Otis spotted her performing in an L.A. nightclub with The Peaches and, having conceived of the answer song to Hank Ballard's "Work With Me, Annie," arranged with the Bihari brothers for Modern Records to record "The Wallfower" with James. "The Wallflower" reached number two on the rhythm and blues charts in February 1955 but was undercut in the wider market by a rushed out cover version by Georgia Gibbs on Mercury Records. The song's royalties were divided between Hank Ballard, Etta James, and Johnny Otis, and its huge success attracted the attention of the R&B world, resulting in James going on tour with Little Richard. Etta James concert tickets soon surged in demand. On the tour, according to James, she witnessed and experienced situations which minors are not usually privy to and acquired a drug habit.

Etta James Discography Updated January 2007
Etta James Albums

Etta James Vinyl and Etta James CDs: Studio

1961 - At Last! - MCA/Chess
1961 - The Second Time Around - MCA/Chess
1962 - Sings for Lovers - Cadet
1963 - Top Ten - Cadet
1964 - Etta James Rocks the House [live] - MCA/Chess
1965 - The Queen of Soul - Cadet
1966 - Call My Name - Cadet
1968 - Tell Mama - MCA/Chess
1970 - Funk - Cadet
1971 - Losers Weepers - Cadet
1973 - Peaches - Chess
1974 - Come a Little Closer - Chess
1978 - Deep in the Night - Bullseye Blues
1978 - Etta Is Betta Than Evah - Chess
1980 - Changes - MCA
1981 - Chess Masters - Chess
1981 - Good Rockin' Mama - Ace
1982 - Etta: Red Hot 'n' Live - Intermedia
1983 - Tuff Lover - Ace
1986 - Early Show, Vol. 1: Blues in the Night - Fantasy
1986 - Late Show, Vol. 2: Live at Maria's Memory Lane Supper Club - Fantasy
1986 - R&B Queen - Crown
1988 - Etta James on Chess - Vogue
1988 - The Sweetest Peaches, Pt. 2 - Chess
1989 - Seven Year Itch - Island
1989 - The Gospel Soul of Etta James - Arrival
1990 - Stickin' to My Guns - Island
1990 - The Sweetest Peaches: Pt. 1 - Chess
1991 - Tell Mama, Vol. 1 - Huub
1992 - Back in Blues - Sound Solutions
1992 - I'd Rather Go Blind - Sound Solutions
1992 - The Right Time - Elektra
1994 - Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday - Private Music
1994 - Live from San Francisco - On the Spot
1994 - Live - Rhino
1995 - Time After Time - Private Music
1997 - Respect Yourself - Iris
1997 - Love's Been Rough on Me - Private Music
1998 - Life, Love & the Blues - Private Music
1998 - 12 Songs of Christmas - Private Music
1999 - The Heart of a Woman - Private Music
2000 - Matriarch of the Blues - Private Music
2001 - Blue Gardenia - Private Music
2002 - Live and Ready - Classic World
2002 - Burnin' Down the House: Live at the House of ... - Private Music
2003 - Let's Roll - Private Music
2003 - Live in New York - Acrobat
2006 - All the Way - RCA Victor
2006 - To Go: Stick It in Your Ear - Geffen

Etta James Records and Etta James CD Releases: Compilations

1961 - Miss Etta James - Crown
1962 - Etta James [Chess] - Cadet
1962 - Etta James Sings - United
1962 - Twist With - Crown
1963 - The Best of Etta James [Crown] - Crown
1972 - Golden Decade - Chess
1972 - The Best of Etta James [JCI] - JCI
1973 - Etta James [Cadet/Argo] - Chess
1983 - Her Greatest Sides, Vol. 1 - Chess
1985 - Good Rockin' Mama/Tuff Lover - Ace
1987 - Her Greatest Sides - Chess
1987 - R&B Dynamite - Flair
1988 - The Sweetest Peaches: The Chess Years - Chess
1989 - Greatest Sides, Vol. 1 - MCA
1993 - Back to the '50s - Kent
1993 - How Strong Is a Woman: The Island Sessions - 4th & Broadway
1993 - The Essential Etta James - MCA/Chess
1994 - Something's Got a Hold - Charly
1995 - These Foolish Things - MCA/Chess
1996 - The Genuine Article: The Best of Etta James - MCA/Chess
1997 - Summer Heat - 32 Jazz
1997 - Her Best - Chess
1998 - Hickory Dickory Dock - Ace
1999 - Gold Collection - Fine Tune
1999 - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - MCA
2000 - The Chess Box - Chess
2000 - Platinum Series - D-3 Entertainment
2000 - The Best of Etta James [Spectrum] - Spectrum
2001 - Muscle Shoals Sessions - IMS
2001 - Love Songs [MCA] - MCA
2001 - Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions - MCA/Chess
2001 - Etta James [Platinum Disc] - Platinum Disc
2002 - Greatest Gospel Hits, Vol. 1 - Curb
2002 - Greatest Gospel Hits, Vol. 2 - Curb
2002 - Blowin' in the Wind: The Gospel Soul of Etta ... - K-Tel
2003 - Classic Masters - Capitol
2003 - The Best of Etta James [EMI-Capitol Special Markets] - EMI-Capitol SpecialMarkets
2003 - All-Time Greatest Hits - K-Tel Entertainment
2004 - Rock Me Baby - Liquid 8
2004 - Blues to the Bone - RCA
2005 - The Best of the Modern Years - Blue Note
2005 - Gospel - Direct Source
2005 - Gospel Favourites - Prism
2005 - The Very Best of Etta James: The Chess Singles - Spectrum
2005 - The Complete Modern and Kent Recordings - Ace
2005 - Enduring Soul - Hear Music
2006 - Love Songs [Legacy] - RCA Victor/Legacy
2006 - The Definitive Collection - Geffen
2006 - Etta James [Direct Source] - Direct Source
2006 - R&B Soul: Etta James - Direct Source
2006 - The Best of Etta James [Collectables] - Collectables
2006 - Etta James [Hip-O] - Hip-O Select
2007 - Best of Etta James: Platinum Artist Series - St. Clair
2007 - Gold - Hip-O/Chess
2007 - 18 Greatest - Direct Source
2007 - Jazz - Verve
2007 - Forever Gold - St. Clair
2007 - Blues from the Big Apple - Music Avenue

Etta James DVDs & Etta James Music Videos

2002 - Burning Down the House [Video/DVD] - Pioneer

Etta James CD's and Etta James Vinyl: Appearances 1958 - 1985

1958 - Heart and Soul: The Hank Crawford Anthology Hank Crawford - Vocals, Performer
1961 - At Last! Etta James - Vocals
1961 - Miss Etta James Etta James - Vocals
1961 - Second Time Around Etta James - Vocals
1962 - Alan Freed's Top15 Various Artists - Performer
1962 - Etta James Sings Etta James - Vocals
1962 - Etta James [Chess] Etta James - Vocals
1962 - Sings for Lovers Etta James - Vocals
1962 - Twist With Etta James - Vocals
1963 - Best of Etta James [Crown] Etta James - Vocals
1963 - Top Ten Etta James - Vocals
1964 - Etta James Rocks the House Etta James - Vocals
1965 - Queen of Soul Etta James - Vocals
1966 - Call My Name Etta James - Vocals
1968 - Tell Mama Etta James - Vocals
1970 - Funk Etta James - Vocals
1971 - Losers Weepers Etta James - Vocals
1972 - Best of Etta James [JCI] Etta James - Vocals
1972 - Golden Decade Etta James - Vocals
1973 - Etta James [Cadet/Argo] Etta James - Vocals
1973 - Peaches Etta James - Vocals
1974 - Come a Little Closer Etta James - Vocals
1978 - Deep in the Night Etta James - Vocals
1978 - Etta Is Betta Than Evah Etta James - Vocals
1978 - Motion Allen Toussaint - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
1980 - Changes Etta James - Vocals
1981 - Chess Masters Etta James - Vocals
1981 - Good Rockin' Mama Etta James - Vocals
1982 - Etta: Red Hot 'n' Live Etta James - Vocals
1983 - Her Greatest Sides, Vol.1 Etta James - Vocals
1983 - Tuff Lover Etta James - Vocals
1985 - Back to the Future [MCA] Original Soundtrack - Performer
1985 - Good Rockin' Mama/Tuff Lover Etta James - Vocals

Etta James CD and Etta James Records Releases: Appearances 1986 - 1995

1986 - Early Show, Vol.1: Blues in the Night Etta James w/Eddie Cleanhead Vinson - Vocals, Performer
1986 - Late Show, Vol.2: Live at Maria's Memory Lane Supper Etta James w/EddieCleanhead Vinson - Vocals, Performer
1986 - R&B Queen Etta James - Vocals
1986 - Super Oldies of the 50's, Vol. 6 Various Artists - Performer
1987 - Hail! Hail! Rock 'N Roll Chuck Berry - Vocals, Performer
1987 - Her Greatest Sides Etta James - Vocals
1987 - Oldies But Goodies, Vol.1 Various Artists - Performer
1987 - R&B Dynamite Etta James - Vocals
1987 - Soul Shots, Vol. 4: Tell Mama (Screamin' Soul Sisters Various Artists - Performer
1988 - Back to the '60s: Soul Various Artists - Vocals, Performer
1988 - Etta James on Chess Etta James - Vocals
1988 - Soul Shots, Vol. 9: More Dance Party Various Artists -
1988 - Sweetest Peaches, Pt.2 Etta James - Vocals
1988 - Sweetest Peaches: The Chess Years Etta James - Vocals
1989 - Best of Chess Blues, Vol.2 Various Artists - Vocals, Performer
1989 - Classic Rock:1967 - Shakin' All Over Various Artists - Performer
1989 - Down in the Basement: The Chess Years Sugar Pie Desanto - Performer
1989 - Gospel Soul of Etta James Etta James - Vocals
1989 - Great Tomato Blues Package Various Artists - Performer
1989 - Greatest Sides, Vol.1 Etta James - Vocals
1989 - Rain Man Original Soundtrack - Performer
1989 - Rock, Rhythm & Blues Various Artists - Performer
1989 - Seven Year Itch Etta James - Vocals
1990 - Best of Chess Blues Various Artists - Performer
1990 - Best of Chess R&B, Vol.1 Various Artists - Performer
1990 - Best of Chess R&B, Vol.2 Various Artists - Performer
1990 - Classic Rock: On the Soul Side Various Artists - Performer
1990 - History of Rock, Vol.1 [Collectables1992] Various Artists - Performer
1990 - Martha Reeves/Etta James Martha Reeves/Etta James - Vocals, Performer
1990 - Rock & Roll Originators Various Artists - Vocals, Performer
1990 - Stickin' to My Guns Etta James - Vocals
1990 - Sweetest Peaches: Pt.1 Etta James - Vocals
1991 - Allen Toussaint Collection Allen Toussaint - Vocals (bckgr)
1991 - Rhythm & Blues:1962 Various Artists - Performer
1991 - Rock 'N' Roll Era: The '60s - Last Dance Various Artists - Performer
1991 - Tell Mama, Vol.1 Etta James - Vocals
1992 - Back in Blues Etta James - Vocals
1992 - Beach Music Anthology Various Artists - Performer
1992 - Chess Blues Various Artists - Vocals, Performer
1992 - I'd Rather Go Blind Etta James - Vocals
1992 - Northern Exposure Various Artists - Performer
1992 - Rhythm & Blues:1960 Various Artists - Performer
1992 - Rhythm & Blues:1961 Various Artists - Performer
1992 - Right Time Etta James - Vocals
1992 - Sister Act Original Soundtrack - Performer
1993 - Back to the '50s Etta James - Vocals
1993 - Blues Summit B.B. King - Performer
1993 - Dancing the Blues Taj Mahal - Vocals
1993 - Essential Etta James Etta James - Vocals
1993 - How Strong Is a Woman: The Island Sessions Etta James - Vocals, Producer
1993 - Juke Box: R&B Various Artists - Performer
1993 - Muscle Shoals Sound Various Artists - Vocals, Performer
1993 - Oldies But Goodies, Vol.13 Various Artists - Performer
1993 - Slow Jams: The '60s, Vol.2 Various Artists - Vocals, Performer
1993 - Soul Hits, Vol.1 [Rhino] Various Artists - Performer
1994 - Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 3 Various Artists - Performer
1994 - Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 5 Various Artists - Performer
1994 - Chess Rhythm & Roll Various Artists - Vocals, Performer
1994 - Ebb Tide, Vol.2 Various Artists - Performer
1994 - Live from San Francisco Etta James - Vocals, Producer
1994 - Live Etta James - Vocals
1994 - Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday Etta James - Vocals
1994 - R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues Various Artists - Performer
1994 - Something's Got a Hold Etta James - Vocals
1995 - Alan Freed's R&R Dance Party Various Artists - Performer

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