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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 Mary Chapin Carpenter 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 Mary Chapin Carpenter 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 Mary Chapin Carpenter record collection, Mary Chapin Carpenter 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.

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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!


Mary Chapin Carpenter Biography

Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958 in Princeton, New Jersey) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, with a diverse musical style that is sometimes said to be "unclassifiable."

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Mary Chapin Carpenter Bio Continued

Despite her interest in music, Carpenter says she never considered performing publicly until, shortly after graduating from Taft, her father suggested it. "He said, `There's a bar down the street, they have open-mike sessions, why don't you go out and play at one of those things?'" Carpenter recalled for Rolling Stone in 1991. "That was the first time it occurred to me, frankly." She added that the audience was "polite," but that she "wanted to throw up." Little did she know, just a few years later, Mary Chapin Carpenter concert tickets would by selling-out in ticket booths across the world.

Carpenter graduated from Brown University in 1981 with a degree in American Civilization. She considered music a hobby at first, and, despite playing some summer sets in Washington's vibrant 80s music scene for extra money, kept on thinking she'd eventually get a "real job.". At those gigs, most played in bars, Carpenter developed a serious drinking problem. "I had a big problem," she later recalled. "It was awful. I had to make a lifestyle change in a drastic way. It's still so painful to me to think about how I was."

Mary Chapin Carpenter Discography Updated January 2007
Mary Chapin Carpenter Albums

Mary Chapin Carpenter Vinyl and Mary Chapin Carpenter CDs: Studio

1987 - Hometown Girl - Columbia
1989 - State of the Heart - Columbia
1990 - Shooting Straight in the Dark - Columbia
1992 - Come On Come On - Columbia
1994 - Stones in the Road - Columbia
1996 - A Place in the World - Columbia
2001 - Time* Sex* Love* - Columbia
2004 - Between Here and Gone - Columbia
2007 - The Calling - Zoƫ

Mary Chapin Carpenter Records and Mary Chapin Carpenter CD Releases: Compilations

1999 - Party Doll and Other Favorites - Columbia
2000 - Shooting Straight in the Dark/Come on Come On - Sony Mid-Price
2003 - The Essential Mary Chapin Carpenter - Sony

Mary Chapin Carpenter CD's and Mary Chapin Carpenter Vinyl: Singles

1990 - Quittin' Time - Sony
1990 - Something of a Dream - Sony
1990 - You Win Again - Sony
1993 - Passionate Kisses - Sony
1993 - He Thinks He'll Keep Her - Columbia
1994 - I Take My Chances - Columbia
1994 - Shut Up & Kiss Me - Sony
1994 - Tender When I Want to Be - Sony
1995 - House of Cards - Sony
1995 - Why Walk When You Can Fly - Sony
1996 - Let Me into Your Heart - Sony
1997 - I Want to Be Your Girlfriend - Sony
1999 - Almost Home [CD5/Cassette Single] - Columbia
2001 - Simple Life [CD5/Cassette] - Sony
2001 - When Time Stands Still: A Special Collection - Import

Mary Chapin Carpenter DVDs & Mary Chapin Carpenter Music Videos

1994 - Record Company Made Me Do It - Sony
1996 - Jubilee: Live at Wolf Trap - Sony
2006 - Musical Tribute to the Red Cross - Unicorn (Tnt200)

Mary Chapin Carpenter CD and Mary Chapin Carpenter Records Releases: 1980 - 1999

1980 - Jane Gillman Jane Gillman - Vocals, Harmony Vocals
1987 - Hometown Girl Mary Chapin Carpenter - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Performer
1987 - When the Rain Comes Down Cathy Fink - Harmony Vocals
1988 - I Will Stand Fast Fred Small - Harmony Vocals
1988 - Native American Tony Rice - Vocals (bckgr), Harmony Vocals
1989 - I Know What You're Thinkin'... Tom Principato Band - Vocals (bckgr)
1989 - I'll Be There: Songs for Jobs with Justice Si Kahn - Arranger, Vocals (bckgr), Harmony Vocals
1989 - State of the Heart Mary-Chapin Carpenter - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Vocals, Producer, Performer
1989 - Water from Another Time John McCutcheon - Harmony Vocals
1990 - Artesia Larry Rice - Vocals
1990 - Nomads Indians Saints [Bonus Tracks] Indigo Girls - Vocals
1990 - Nomads Indians Saints Indigo Girls - Vocals
1990 - Shooting Straight in the Dark Mary-Chapin Carpenter - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
1990 - What It's Like John McCutcheon - Vocals (bckgr), Harmony Vocals
1991 - Greatest Country Hits of the 80's:1989 Various Artists - Producer
1991 - Greatest Country Hits of the 90's, Vol.1 Various Artists - Performer
1991 - Greatest Country Hits of the 90's, Vol.2 Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1991 - Home Again David Wilcox - Vocals (bckgr), Harmony Vocals
1991 - Hot Country Rock, Vol.2 Various Artists - Producer
1992 - 'Til Their Eyes Shine (The Lullaby Album) Various Artists - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Producer, Performer
1992 - Best of Mountain Stage Live, Vol. 3 Various Artists - Guitar, Vocals, Performer
1992 - Blue Is the Colour of Hope Maura O'Connell - Vocals (bckgr)
1992 - Come On Come On Mary-Chapin Carpenter - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
1992 - Country Music for Kids Disney - Vocals, Performer
1992 - Country's Greatest Hits, Vol.14: Superstars2 Various Artists - Vocals, Performer
1992 - Del Rio, Texas,1959 Radney Foster - Harmony Vocals
1992 - Fat City Shawn Colvin - Vocals (bckgr)
1992 - Greatest Country Hits of the 90's:1991 Various Artists - Performer
1992 - Today's Best Country Various Artists - Performer
1993 - 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Bob Dylan - Guitar, Vocals, Performer
1993 - Angels Running Patty Larkin - Vocals (bckgr)
1993 - Danse de La Vie Beausoleil - Vocals
1993 - Driving Home Cheryl Wheeler - Vocals
1993 - Greatest Country Hits of the 90's:1992 Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1993 - Greatest Hits Rodney Crowell - Vocals
1993 - Oh Boy! O'Boy! Tim O'Brien & O'Boys - Vocals
1993 - Slow Dancing with the Moon Dolly Parton - Harmony Vocals, Performer
1993 - Steppin' Country Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1993 - Wheel Rosanne Cash - Vocals (bckgr)
1994 - Cover Girl Shawn Colvin - Vocals
1994 - It Could Happen to You Original Soundtrack - Producer, Performer
1994 - Out of the Valley John Gorka - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Harmony Vocals
1994 - Record Company Made Me Do It Mary Chapin Carpenter - Guitar, Vocals
1994 - Red Hot + Country Various Artists - Performer
1994 - Shelter: Best of Contemporary Singer-Songwriters Various Artists - Performer
1994 - Stones in the Road Mary Chapin Carpenter - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
1994 - Sweetheart's Dance Pam Tillis - Vocals (bckgr)
1995 1995 Grammy Nominees Various Artists - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Performer
1995 - 4.5: The Best of the Indigo Girls Indigo Girls - Vocals
1995 - Best of Columbia Records Radio Hour, Vol.1 Various Artists - Guitar, Vocals (bckgr)
1995 - Bye Bye Love [Original Soundtrack] Original Soundtrack - Producer, Performer
1995 - Country Dance Super Hits [Sony #2] Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1995 - Hollywood Soundtracks Various Artists - Performer
1995 - In My Dreams Debi Smith - Producer
1995 - Labor of Love Radney Foster - Harmony Vocals
1995 - Retrospective Roseanne Cash - Vocals (bckgr)
1995 - Ring Them Bells Joan Baez
1995 - Silverwolf Homeless Project [1995] Various Artists - Vocals (bckgr)
1995 - Super Hits of1994 Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1995 - Thinkin' About You Trisha Yearwood - Harmony Vocals
1995 - Today's Hot Country [K-Tel] Various Artists - Performer
1995 - Very Fine Love Dusty Springfield - Vocals (bckgr)
1995 - We All Get Lucky Sometimes Lee Roy Parnell - Vocals, Performer
1995 - Women of Country [Life, Times & Music] Various Artists - Performer
1995 - Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon Various Artists - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Producer, Performer
1996 - Best of Austin City Limits: Country Music's Finest Ho Various Artists - Guitar, Vocals, Performer
1996 - Best of Columbia Records Radio Hour, Vol.2 Various Artists - Vocals, Performer
1996 - Dead Man Walking [Original Soundtrack][1996] Original Soundtrack - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Producer, Performer
1996 - Dynamic Duets Super Hits Various Artists - Vocals, Producer
1996 - Endless Seasons The Rankin Family - Guitar (Acoustic)
1996 - Not Fade Away (Remembering Buddy Holly) Various Artists - Vocals, Performer
1996 - Place in the World Mary Chapin Carpenter - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
1996 - Sugar for Sugar Robin & Linda Williams - Harmony Vocals
1996 - Super Hits of1995 Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1996 - Tin Cup Original Soundtrack - Vocals, Producer, Performer
1996 - Tornado Rory Block - Vocals (bckgr), Harmony Vocals
1997 - Dead Man Walking [Original Soundtrack + DVD] Original Soundtrack - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Producer
1997 - Greatest Hits Pam Tillis - Vocals (bckgr)
1997 - Heritage Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Live at the Iron Horse Various Artists - Guitar, Vocals, Performer
1997 - Long Stretch of Lonesome Patty Loveless - Vocals (bckgr)
1997 - My Best Friend's Wedding [Original Soundtrack] Original Soundtrack - Producer, Performer
1997 - Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute Various Artists - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Producer
1997 - Super Hits of1996 Various Artists - Performer
1997 - Twice Upon a Time Joe Diffie - Liner Notes
1998 - 24-7 Garrison Starr - Liner Notes
1998 - Crown of Jewels Randy Scruggs - Vocals, Harmony Vocals
1998 - I Belong to You John Jennings - Vocals, Performer
1998 - Indigo Girls/Strange Fire/Nomads Indians Saints Indigo Girls - Vocals
1998 - Songs from the Heart [Sony] Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1998 - Super Hits Goes to the Movies Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Tribute to Tradition Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Almost Home [CD5/Cassette Single] Mary Chapin Carpenter - Producer
1999 - Climb Against the Odds Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Country: The American Tradition Various Artists - Guitar (Acoustic), Producer
1999 - Crash Course in Roses Catie Curtis - Gut String Guitar
1999 - Heritage Heritage - Vocals
1999 - Intimate Portrait: Women of Country Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Party Doll and Other Favorites Mary-Chapin Carpenter - Guitar, Vocals, Producer, Liner Notes
1999 - Sony Music100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Super Hits of1997 Various Artists - Producer, Performer
1999 - Tears of Stone The Chieftains - Vocals, Performer
1999 - Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Col Various Artists - Producer

Mary Chapin Carpenter Music CDs and other Mary Chapin Carpenter CD's: 2000 - Present

2000 - Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe Ricky Skaggs & Friends - Vocals
2000 - Hits of1993 Various Artists - Performer
2000 - In the Company of Strangers Robin & Linda Williams - Vocals
2000 - Nobody's Father Kevin Jones - Vocals (bckgr)
2000 - Real Live Woman [Japan Bonus Track] Trisha Yearwood - Harmony Vocals
2000 - Real Live Woman Trisha Yearwood - Harmony Vocals
2000 - Seka: Sister, Vol.2 Various Artists - Performer
2000 - Steal This Movie Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Best of Mary Black, Vol.2 Mary Black - Performer
2001 - Christmas:16 Biggest Hits Various Artists - Producer
2001 - Company You Keep John Gorka - Harmony
2001 - Concerts for a Landmine Free World Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Real Country [Sony International] Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Simple Life [CD5/Cassette] Mary Chapin Carpenter - Songwriter, Producer
2001 - Time* Sex* Love* Mary Chapin Carpenter - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Harmony Vocals
2001 - Women of Country [Sony] Various Artists - Performer
2002 - Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown Various Artists - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
2002 - RCA Country Legends Pam Tillis - Vocals (bckgr)
2002 - Sing the Songs of Bill Monroe Ricky Skaggs & Friends - Vocals
2002 - Songbirds: The Essential Album Various Artists - Producer
2002 - Songs From Take off to Landing Garrison Starr - Vocals (bckgr)
2002 - We Were Soldiers Original Soundtrack - Producer
2003 - Best of1991-2001 Mary Black
2003 - Different Stripe Cheryl Wheeler - Vocals
2003 - Encore, Encore!! The Best of Beausoleil:1991-2001 Beausoleil - Vocals
2003 - Essential Joe Diffie Joe Diffie - Producer, Original Recording Producer
2003 - Essential Mary Chapin Carpenter Mary Chapin Carpenter - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals (bckgr), Producer
2003 - I'm Staying Out Caitlin Cary - Vocals (bckgr)
2004 - Between Here and Gone Mary Chapin Carpenter - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Guitar (Leslie), Musician
2004 - Deeper Waters Robin & Linda Williams - Vocals (bckgr)
2004 - Land of Milk and Honey Eliza Gilkyson - Vocals
2005 - Flower of Avalon Tracy Grammer - Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Liner Notes
2005 - Heritage Darol Anger - Singer
2005 - Spotlight on Music: Grade 8 Disc 5 Various Artists - Performer
2005 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 30 Years Various Artists - Guitar
2005 - Try for the Sun: The Journey of Donovan Donovan - Author
2005 - Very Best of Rosanne Cash Rosanne Cash - Vocals (bckgr)
2006 - Everyone's Hero Original Soundtrack - Producer
2006 - Long Night Moon Catie Curtis - Harmony Vocals
2007 - Calling Mary Chapin Carpenter - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Vocals (bckgr)
2007 - Gaining Wisdom Donna Hughes - Harmony Vocals, Author, Guest Appearance
2007 - Keep Your Silver Shined Devon Sproule - Vocals
2007 - Ring Them Bells [Collectors Edition] Joan Baez - Guitar, Vocals
2007 - Very Best of Dolly Parton [BMG2007] Dolly Parton - Guest Appearance

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