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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 Mothers Of Invention 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 Mothers Of Invention 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 Mothers Of Invention record collection, Mothers Of Invention 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!


Mothers Of Invention Biography

After a short career as a professional songwriter ? his elegiac "Memories of El Monte" was recorded by Doo-Wop group The Penguins ? in 1964 Zappa joined a local R&B band, The Soul Giants, as a guitarist. Soon he assumed leadership, renaming the band "The Mothers." They gradually began to gain attention on the burgeoning Los Angeles underground "freak scene" and in 1965 they were spotted by leading record producer Tom Wilson, who had earned acclaim as the producer for, e.g., Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel. Wilson was also notable as one of the few African-Americans working as a major label pop producer at this time. Wilson signed The Mothers to the Verve label, which had built up a strong reputation for its fine modern jazz recordings in the 1940s and 1950s, but was then attempting to diversify into pop and rock, with an "artistic" or "experimental" bent. Verve Records insisted that the band officially re-titled themselves "The Mothers of Invention" because "Mother" was short for "motherfucker" ? a term that can denote a skilled musician, but that also has more profane meanings. Around this time, Zappa also met and signed with longtime manager Herb Cohen.

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Mothers Of Invention Bio Continued

With Wilson credited as producer, The Mothers recorded their groundbreaking double album debut Freak Out! (1966), a mixture of often topical R&B and experimental sound collage that attempted to capture the "freak" subculture of Los Angeles at that time. One of the first record albums united by an underlying theme, it was also only the second double LP of rock music ever released, and firmly established Zappa as a radical new voice in rock music.

Mothers Of Invention Discography Updated January 2007
Mothers Of Invention Albums

Studio Mothers of Invention Vinyl & Mothers of Invention CDs

1966 Freak Out! Rykodisc
1967 Absolutely Free Rykodisc
1968 We're Only in It for the Money Rykodisc
1968 Cruising With Ruben & the Jets Rykodisc
1969 Uncle Meat Rykodisc
1969 Hot Rats Rykodisc
1970 Burnt Weeny Sandwich Rykodisc
1970 Weasels Ripped My Flesh Rykodisc
1970 Chunga's Revenge Rykodisc
1971 200 Motels Rykodisc
1972 Waka/Jawaka: Hot Rats Rykodisc
1973 The Grand Wazoo Rykodisc
1973 Over-Nite Sensation Rykodisc
1974 Apostrophe Rykodisc
1975 One Size Fits All Rykodisc

Live Mothers of Invention Records and Mothers of Invention CD Releases

1971 Fillmore East: June 1971 Rykodisc
1972 Just Another Band from L.A. Rykodisc
1974 Roxy & Elsewhere Rykodisc
1993 Ahead of Their Time Rykodisc

Compilation Mothers of Invention Vinyl and Mothers of Invention CD's

1969 Mothermania: The Best of the Mothers Verve
1969 The Worst of the Mothers MGM
1969 The XXXX of the Mothers of Invention Verve
1970 The Mothers of Invention MGM
1971 Mothers Day Verve

Solo Mothers of Invention Music CDs

Ray Collins
1982 Of Blues, Myself & I KRC
1984 Magnolia Montclair

Ray Collins Appearances
Geronimo Black Welcome Back (1980) Vocals
Grandmothers Looking Up Granny's Dress (1982) Vocals
Grandmothers Mother of an Anthology (1993) Vocals

Roy Estrada
2003 Hamburger Midnight Inkanish

Roy Estrada Appearances
Ant-Bee Lunar Muzik (1998) Voices
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band Clear Spot (1972) Bass
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982) (1999) Bass
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band Dust Blows Forward: An Anthology (1999) Bass
Ry Cooder Ry Cooder (1970) Bass
The G.T.O.'s Permanent Damage (1969) Bass
Lowell George & The... Lightning-Rod Man (1993) Bass
Howdy Moon Howdy Moon (1974) Bass, Guitar (Bass)
Leo Kottke Mudlark (1971) Bass
Leo Kottke Best (1987) Bass
Little Feat Little Feat (1971) Bass, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Little Feat Sailin' Shoes (1972) Bass, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Little Feat Hoy-Hoy! (1981) Bass, Vocals, Liner Notes
Little Feat Hotcakes and Outtakes: 30 Years of (2000) Bass, Vocals
Little Feat Ripe Tomatos, Vol. 1 (2002) Guitar (Bass), Vocals
Little Feat Raw Tomatos, Vol. 1 (2002) Guitar (Bass), Vocals
Nolan No Apologies Bass
Van Dyke Parks Discover America (1972)
Don Preston Vile Foamy Ectoplasm (1994) Violin, Voices
Ivan Ulz Ivan the Ice Cream man (1970) Bass

Jimmy Carl Black
1987 A Lil' Dab'l Do Ya Amazing
1998 When Do We Get Paid Divine
2003 Clearly Classic Inkanish
2003 Mercedes Benz Inkanish

Eugene Chadbourne
Locked in a Dutch Coffeeshop (1993) Drums, Vocals
Pachuco Cadaver (1995) Drums, Vocals, Voices
Early Years (2001) Drums, Vocals
Taste of the Leftovers (2001) Drums, Vocals, Editing, Mastering
Perfect C&W Duo's Tribute to Jesse (2001) Drums, Vocals, Liner Notes, Editing, Mastering
Jack & Jim Show: 2001: A Spaced Odyssey (2001) Drums, Vocals, Cardboard Box

Jimmy Carl Black Appearances
Ant-Bee Ant-Bee with My Favorite... (1994) Chant, Dialogue
Ant-Bee Lunar Muzik (1998) Voices
Austin Lounge Lizards Highway Cafe of the Damned (1988) Drums
Big Sonny and the Lo Boys In Heat (1979) Drums, Vocals
Hadda Brooks Blues and Boogies: The Empress of... (2003) Sax (Alto)
Arthur Brown With Jimmy... Brown, Black & Blue (1991) Drums, Performer
Captain Beefheart and the Magic BandGrow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982) (1999) Photography
Eugene Chadbourne Jesse Helms Busted With... (1996) Performer
Eugene Chadbourne Chadbourne Barber Shop (1996) Percussion
Eugene Chadbourne Uncle Jimmy's Master Plan (1996) Drums, Vocals
Eugene Chadbourne Communication Is Overrated (2000) Drums, Voices
Eugene Chadbourne Don't Burn the Flag, Let's Burn... (2002) Drums, Vocals
Roy Estrada Hamburger Midnight (2003) Drums, Vocals
The G.T.O.'s Permanent Damage (1969) Drums
Geronimo Black Geronimo Black (1972) Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Producer
Geronimo Black Welcome Back (1980) Drums
Grandmothers Official Grandmothers Fan Club... (1981) Vocals
Grandmothers Mother of an Anthology (1993) Trumpet, Drums, Vocals, Producer
Grandmothers Dreams on Long Play (1995) Drums, Vocals
Grandmothers Eating the Astoria (2000) Percussion, Vocals
Grandmothers Eternal Question (2001) Drums, Vocals
The Muffin Men Frankincense: The Muffin Men Play... (1998) Dialogue
Don Preston Vile Foamy Ectoplasm (1994) Percussion, Vocals

Billy Mundi
The Mothers of Invention Absolutely Free (1967) Drums, Vocals
The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money (1968) Drums, Vocals, Wardrobe
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention Uncle Meat (1969) Drums, Vocals
Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore... (1992) Drums

Billy Mundi Appearances
Tom Akstens Original and Traditional Music Drums
Johnny Average Band Some People (1981) Drums
Skip Battin Skip (1972) Drums
Karen Beth New Moon Rising (1975) Percussion, Drums
Borderline Sweet Dreams and Quiet Desires (1973) Percussion, Drums
Brewer & Shipley Rural Space (1973) Drums
Brewer & Shipley Archive Alive (1997) Drums
Tim Buckley Tim Buckley (1966) Percussion, Drums
Tim Buckley Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley... (2001) Percussion, Drums
John Parker Compton To Luna (1971) Drums
Bob Dylan New Morning (1970) Drums
Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline/New Morning/John (1997) Drums
Earth Opera Earth Opera (1968) Percussion, Drums
Fabulous Rhinestones Rhinestones (1975) Drums
Tom Fogerty Tom Fogerty (1972) Percussion
Tom Fogerty Very Best of Tom Fogerty (1999) Percussion
John Martyn Stormbringer! (1970) Drums
Mary McCaslin & Jim Ringer Bramble & the Rose (1978) Percussion, Drums
Mary McCaslin Best of Mary McCaslin: Things We... (1992) Drums
Barry McGuire McGuire and the Doctor (1971) Drums
Geoff & Maria Muldaur Sweet Potatoes (1972) Percussion, Drums, Gong
Geoff & Maria Muldaur Pottery Pie (1987) Drums
Fred Neil Fred Neil (1967) Cymbals, Drums, Drums (Bass), Tambourine
Fred Neil Many Sides of Fred Neil (1998) Cymbals, Drums, Drums (Bass), Harp, Tambourine
Fred Neil Do You Ever Think of Me? (2003) Cymbals, Drums, Drums (Bass), Tambourine

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