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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 Sam Cooke CDs, DVDs and more. Read about us in Published Articles and read our Customer Reviews on 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 Sam Cooke 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 Sam Cooke record collection, Sam Cooke 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 Sam Cooke 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!


Sam Cooke Biography

Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 ? December 11, 1964) was a popular and influential American gospel, R&B, soul, pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Indeed, musicians and critics today recognize him as one of the founders of soul music, and as one of the most important singers in soul music history (Greene, 2006).

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Sam Cooke Bio Continued

The title "the king of soul" is often over-used, but Sam Cooke's legacy is a very big one. He had 29 Top 40 hits in the U.S. between 1957 and 1965. He is therefore seen by many as "the creator" of the genre. Major hits like "You Send Me", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World" and "Bring It On Home To Me" are among some of his most popular work.

Sam Cooke Discography Updated January 2007
Sam Cooke Albums

Studio Sam Cooke Vinyl & Sam Cooke CDs

1958 Sam Cooke Diamond
1958 Encore Keen
1959 Hit Kit Keen
1959 Tribute to the Lady - Billie Holiday Keen
1960 Hits of the Fifties RCA
1960 I Thank God Keen
1960 Swing Low RCA
1960 The Wonderful World of Sam Cooke Keen
1961 My Kind of Blues RCA
1962 Twistin' the Night Away RCA Victor
1963 Mr. Soul RCA
1963 Night Beat RCA
1964 Ain't That Good News Abkco

Live Sam Cooke Records and Sam Cooke CD Releases

1960 Cooke's Tour RCA
1963 Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 RCA
1964 Sam Cooke at the Copa Abkco
2005 One Night Stand: Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club RCA

Compilation Sam Cooke Vinyl and Sam Cooke CD's

1962 The Best of Sam Cooke RCA
1965 Best of Sam Cooke, Vol. 2 RCA
1965 Shake RCA
1965 The Gospel Soul of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers P-Vine Japan
1965 Try a Little Love RCA Victor
1966 The Unforgettable Sam Cooke Special Music
1968 The Man Who Invented Soul RCA Victor
1969 Cha Cha Cha Famous
1969 Only Sixteen Famous
1969 Sam's Songs Famous
1969 So Wonderful Famous
1969 The Late & Great Sam Cooke RCA
1969 The One and Only Sam Cooke Camden
1970 The 2 Sides of Sam Cooke Specialty
1970 This Is Sam Cooke RCA
1972 Golden Sounds Trip
1974 The Legendary Sam Cooke Candlelite Mus
1975 Sam Cooke Interprets Billie Holiday RCA
1976 Golden Age RCA
1976 Sings the Billie Holiday Story Up Front
1979 When I Fall in Love Nut
1981 Havin' a Party RCA
1983 Fabulous Sam Cooke Cambra
1983 His Greatest Hits RCA
1984 Solitude Cambra
1986 Forever Specialty
1986 The Man and His Music Urban Heritage
1987 20 Greatest Hits Compact
1987 An Original Pair
1987 Swing out Brother Topline
1987 Wonderful World: The Best of Sam Cooke Card
1989 World of Sam Cooke Instant
1990 Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers Specialty
1991 24 Golden Hits Huub
1991 His Earliest Recordings Specialty
1993 You Send Me Charly
1994 The SAR Records Story ABKCO
1995 The Rhythm and the Blues RCA
1998 20 Great Hits Import
1998 Greatest Hits RCA
2000 16 Most Requested Songs Sony
2000 Sam Cooke Collection Wea
2000 The Man Who Invented Soul RCA
2001 Hits BMG
2002 Keep Movin' On Abkco
2002 The Best of Sam Cooke Paradiso
2002 The Complete Specialty Recordings of Sam Cooke Specialty
2003 Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 Abkco
2005 Peace in the Valley Kala
2005 Best of Sam Cooke RCA

Singles from Sam Cooke Compact Discs

1957 Forever
1957 Summertime
1957 You Send Me
1958 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
1958 Desire Me
1958 I'll Come Running Back To You
1958 Lonely Island
1958 Love You Most Of All
1958 Win Your Love For Me
1958 You Were Made For Me
1959 Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha
1959 Only Sixteen
1959 There, I've Said It Again
1960 Chain Gang
1960 Sad Mood
1960 Teenage Sonata
1960 Wonderful World
1961 Cupid
1961 Feel It
1961 It's All Right
1961 That's It - I Quit - I'm Movin' On
1962 Bring It On Home To Me
1962 Having A Party
1962 Nothing Can Change This Love
1962 Somebody Have Mercy
1962 Twistin' The Night Away
1963 Another Saturday Night
1963 Baby, Baby, Baby
1963 Frankie And Johnny
1963 Little Red Rooster
1963 Send Me Some Lovin'
1964 Cousin Of Mine
1964 Good News
1964 Good Times
1964 Tennessee Waltz
1964 That's Where It's At
1965 A Change Is Gonna Come
1965 Cousin Of Mine
1965 It's Got The Whole World Shakin'
1965 Shake
1965 Sugar Dumpling
1965 When A Boy Falls In Love
1966 Feel It
1966 Let's Go Steady Again

Sam Cooke DVDs & Sam Cooke Music Videos

2003 Legend Abkco

Sam Cooke Music CD Appearances

The Soul Stirrers
Soul Stirrers (1964) Arranger, Vocals
Original Soul Stirrers Featuring... (1966) Vocals
Gospel Soul of Sam Cooke & the... (1969) Arranger, Vocals
That's Heaven to Me (1972) Vocals
Heaven Is My Home (1988) Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Performer
Jesus Gave Me Water (1992)
Last Mile of the Way (1994) Leader, Vocals

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