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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 Sun Ra CDs, DVDs and more. Read about us in
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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 Sun Ra 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 Sun Ra record collection, Sun Ra 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 CDsDVDs 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 Sun Ra 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!
Sun Ra Biography
Sun Ra (Born Herman Poole Blount; legal name Le Sony'r Ra; born May 22, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, died May 30, 1993 in Birmingham, Alabama) was an innovative jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, who came to be known as much for his "cosmic philosophy" as for his musical compositions and performances.
He abandoned his birth name and took on the name and persona of Sun Ra (Ra being the ancient Egyptian god of the Sun). Claiming that he was of the "Angel Race" and not from Earth, but from Saturn, Ra developed a complicated persona of "cosmic" philosophies and lyrical poetry that made him a pioneer of Afrofuturism as he preached "awareness" and peace above all. Some regarded him as a crank because of these traits, but most recognized his immense musical talents.
Sun Ra Discography Updated January 2007 Sun Ra Albums
Sun Ra Vinyl & Sun Ra CDs: 1950s - 1970s
1953 Sound Sun Pleasure Evidence
1956 Jazz By Sun Ra Transition
1956 Super Sonic Sounds Impulse!
1956 Sun Song Delmark
1956 Super-Sonic Jazz Evidence
1957 Sound of Joy Delmark
1958 Visits Planet Earth Impulse!
1958 Jazz in Silhouette Evidence
1959 The Nubians of Plutonia Impulse!
1960 Holiday for Soul Dance Evidence
1961 We Are in the Future Savoy
1961 Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra Savoy
1961 Secrets of the Sun Saturn
1961 Fate in a Pleasant Mood Impulse!
1961 Bad and Beautiful Impulse!
1961 Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy
1962 When Sun Comes Out Saturn
1964 Other Planes of There Evidence
1965 The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 Calibre
1965 The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 2 Calibre
1965 The Magic City Evidence
1966 Nothing Is Get Back
1966 The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 3 ESP
1966 Monorails and Satellites Evidence
1967 Atlantis Saturn
1968 Pictures of Infinity Black Lion
1968 Outer Spaceways Incorporated Black Lion
1969 My Brother the Wind, Vol. 1 Saturn
1969 My Brother the Wind, Vol. 2 Evidence
1970 Fondation Maeght Nights, Vol. 1 [live] Jazz View
1970 Fondation Maeght Nights, Vol. 2 [live] Jazz View
1970 It's After the End of the World MPS
1970 Night of the Purple Moon Saturn
1970 The Solar Myth Approach, Vol. 1 Affinity
1970 The Solar Myth Approach, Vol. 2 Affinity
1971 Continuation Saturn
1972 Astro-Black Impulse!
1972 Space Is the Place [Impulse!] GRP
1972 Space Is the Place [Original Soundtrack] Evidence
1973 Concert for the Comet Kohoutek [live] ESP
1974 Discipline 27-II El Saturn
1975 Pathways to Unknown Worlds Impulse!
1976 Sun Ra and His Arkestra Live at Montreux Inner City
1976 Cosmos Inner City
1976 A Quiet Place in the Universe Leo
1977 Solo Piano, Vol. 1 Improvising
1977 Solo Piano, Vol. 2 Improvising
1977 St. Louis Blues [live] Improvising
1977 Unity Horo
1978 Visions Steeple Chase
1978 Lanquidity Evidence
1978 The Other Side of the Sun Sweet Earth
1978 Sun Ra Delmark
1978 Other Voices, Other Blues Horo
1978 New Steps Horo
Sun Ra Vinyl and Sun Ra CD's: 1980s - Present
1980 Sunrise in Different Dimensions [live] hatHUT
1980 Strange Celestial Road Rounder
1981 Of Mythic Worlds Philly Jazz
1981 The Cosmic Explorer (1970) in "Nuits De La... Recommended
1981 John Cage Meets Sun Ra (June 8, 1986 at... Meltdown
1983 Love in Outer Space: Live in Utrecht Leo
1984 Live at Praxis '84 Golden Years o
1984 Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt Praxis
1984 A Fireside Chat with Lucifer Saturn
1985 Cosmo Sun Connection ReR
1986 Hours After Black Saint
1986 Reflections in Blue Black Saint
1988 Cosmo Omnibus Imaginable Illusion DIW
1988 Live at Pitt-In, Tokyo DIW
1988 Blue Delight A&M
1988 Somewhere Else Rounder
1989 Second Star to the Right: Salute to Walt... [live]
1989 Purple Night A&M
1990 Mayan Temples Black Saint
1990 Out There a Minute Blast First!
1990 Live London 1990 Atlantic
1990 Cosmic Equation Magic Music
1990 Sun Ra and His Year 2000 Myth Science... Blast First
1992 Destination Unknown Enja
1994 Live from Soundscape Diw
1995 Live at the Hackney Empire Leo
1999 Outer Space Employment Agency [live] Total Energy
1999 At the Village Vanguard [live] Rounder
1999 Life Is Splendid [live] Total Energy
1999 Song for the Sun El Ra
2000 Live at Hackney Empire Leo
2000 Stardust from Tomorrow Leo
2000 When Angels Speak of Love Evidence
2000 Great Lost Sun Ra Albums: Cymbals & Crystal...
2000 Pathways to Unknown Worlds/Friendly Love Evidence
2000 Friendly Galaxy [live]
2001 The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale:... Universe
2001 Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra [Ltd. Edition... Savoy
2002 The Ark and the Ankh
2002 Music from Tomorrow's World Atavistic
2003 Live at Montreux Inner City
2003 Live in Paris at the Gibus Universe
2003 Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vol. 1 [live] Universe
2003 Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vol. 2 Universe
2003 Piano Recital (Teatro La Fenice, Venezia) [live] Golden Years of New Jazz
2003 Solo Piano Recital: Teatro la Fenice Venizia [live] Golden Years of New
2003 Spaceship Lullaby (1954-60) Atavistic
2003 Live at Montreux P-Vine
2004 Music for the 21st Century [live] El Ra
2005 The Heliocentric Worlds III Esp-Disk
Compilation Sun Ra Records and Sun Ra CD Releases
1954 The Singles Evidence
1956 Angels & Demons at Play/The Nubians of... Evidence
1956 Visits Planet Earth/Interstellar Low Ways Evidence
1956 We Travel the Spaceways/Bad and Beautiful Evidence
1960 Fate in a Pleasant Mood/When Sun Comes Out Saturn
1961 Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy/Art Forms of... Evidence
1980 Voice of the Eternal Tommorrow/The Rose Hue... Saturn 80
1982 Nuclear War Unheard Music
1984 Dancing Shadows Happy Bird
1984 Other Worlds Happy Bird
1984 The Sun Myth Happy Bird
1986 A Night in East Berlin/My Brothers the Wind... Leo
1998 Calling Planet Earth Freedom
1998 Black Myth/Out in Space [live] UNI/Mercury
1999 Janus 1201 Music
2000 Standards 1201 Music
2000 Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for... Evidence
2001 It Is Forbidden Total Energy
2001 The Solar Myth Approach, Vols. 1-2 Varese
2005 Heliocentri Worlds, Vol. 1-2 Esp-Disk
Sun Ra DVDs & Sun Ra Music Videos
1980 Joyful Noise Kino On Video
1995 Space Is the Place Rhapsody Films
2004 Cry of Jazz Music Video
2005 The Magic Sun Music Video
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