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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 The Rankin Family 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 The Rankin Family 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 The Rankin Family record collection, The Rankin Family 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 The Rankin Family 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!


The Rankin Family Biography

The Rankin Family is a Canadian folk music family group from Mabou, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

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The Rankin Family Bio Continued

The Rankins come from a family of 12, all of whom would entertain the neighbours musically every third weekend as part of a ceilidh. The first Rankin Family band formed in the 1970's when siblings Geraldine, Genevieve, David, John Morris, and Raylene Rankin began performing at local weddings and dances in Cape Breton. As the older siblings went to college and university, the younger siblings Jimmy, Cookie and Heather took their places.

These five siblings (Jimmy, John Morris, Cookie, Raylene and Heather) released their own independent cassettes The Rankin Family (1989) and Fare Thee Well Love (1990) featuring original songs and a combination of traditional jigs, reels and Celtic folk songs. Their television debut was on the CBC variety show On The Road Again in 1989. Their most successful album was EMI's re-release of Fare Thee Well Love in 1992, which went quadruple platinum, selling over 500,000 copies; the title track was one of the year's biggest Top 40 hit singles in Canada.The group has won many Canadian music awards, including 15 East Coast Music Awards, 6 Juno Awards, 4 SOCAN Awards, 3 Canadian Country Music Awards and 2 Big Country Music Awards.

On September 17, 1999, the group issued a press release stating that they would no longer perform as a group in order to pursue independent interests and careers. Thankfully, years later this decision was reversed, and you can order your Rankin Family Concert Tickets today!

The Rankin Family Discography Updated January 2007
The Rankin Family Albums

Rankin Family Vinyl and Rankin Family CDs: Studio

1992 - Fare Thee Well Love - EMI
1993 - North Country [1993] - EMI
1994 - North Country [1994] - Angel
1996 - Endless Seasons - EMI
1998 - Uprooted - Rounder
1998 - Do You Hear...Christmas With Heather, Cookie & Raylene Rankin - EMI

Rankin Family Records and Rankin Family CD Releases: Compilations

1996 - Rankin Family Collection - Rounder
1999 - The Rankin Family - RMG
2003 - Souvenir: 1989-1998 - EMI
2007 - Reunion - Longview

Rankin Family CD's and Rankin Family Vinyl: Singles

1995 - Grey Dusk of Eve - EMI Canada

Rankin Family DVDs & Rankin Family Music Videos

2006 - Backstage Pass [live] - Threshold

Rankin Family CD and Rankin Family Records Releases: Appearances

1992 - Fare Thee Well Love The Rankin Family - Arranger
1993 - Into the West Original Soundtrack - Vocals, Group, Performer
1993 - North Country [1993] The Rankin Family - Arranger
1994 - Upfront! Canadians Live from Mountain Stage Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Endless Seasons The Rankin Family - Producer
1997 - Planet Sleeps Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Celtic Tides Various Artists - Arranger, Group
1998 - Hanging Garden Original Soundtrack - Arranger, Performer
1998 - Moods, Vol. 2: A Contemporary Soundtrack Various Artists - Performer
1998 - True North Brass True North Brass - Arranger
1998 - Uprooted The Rankins - Arranger, Handclapping
1999 - Celtic Solstice Paul Winter - Arranger
1999 - Mega Celtique Various Artists - Arranger
1999 - Mood & Moods, Vol. 2 Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Songs of the Sea [Stephen McDonald] Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Sounds of Nova Scotia, Vol. 1 Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Atlantic Decade: 10 Years of East Coast Music Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Bound for Movin' On Various Artists - Producer
Sounds of Nova Scotia, Vol. 2 Various Artists - Performer

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