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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 Sonny Rollins 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 Sonny Rollins 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 Sonny Rollins record collection, Sonny Rollins 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!


Sonny Rollins Biography

Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Sonny Rollins has had a long, productive career in jazz, beginning his career at the age of 11 and playing with piano legend Thelonious Monk before reaching the age of 20. Rollins is still touring and recording today, having outlived several of his jazz contemporaries such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey, all performers with whom he has recorded.

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Rollins started as a pianist, then changed to alto saxophone, finally switching to tenor in 1946. He was first recorded in 1949 with Babs Gonzalez; in the same year he recorded with J. J. Johnson and Bud Powell. In 1950, Rollins was arrested for armed robbery, given a sentence of three years, spending 10 months in Rikers Island before he was released on parole. He was rearrested in 1952 for violating the terms of his parole by using heroin. Rollins attended an institution for drug addicts in Lexington, Kentucky. He was given dolophine and was able to kick his habit entirely.

Sonny Rollins Discography Updated January 2007
Sonny Rollins Albums

Studio Sonny Rollins Vinyl & Sonny Rollins CDs

1951 Sonny Rollins Quartet Prestige
1951 Sonny and the Stars Prestige
1951 Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet Prestige/OJC
1951 Mambo Jazz Prestige
1954 Sonny Rollins Quintet Prestige
1954 Sonny Rollins Plays Jazz Classics Prestige
1954 Moving Out Prestige/OJC
1955 Taking Care of Business Prestige
1955 Work Time Prestige/OJC
1956 Three Giants Prestige
1956 Sonny Rollins Plus Four Prestige/OJC
1956 Saxophone Colossus Prestige/OJC
1956 Tenor Madness Prestige/OJC
1956 Sonny Boy Prestige/OJC
1956 Rollins Plays for Bird Prestige/OJC
1956 Tour de Force Prestige/OJC
1956 Sonny Rollins, Vol. 1 Blue Note
1957 Alternate Takes Contemporary
1957 Way Out West [JVC] JVC
1957 Wail March Blue Note
1957 Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2 Blue Note
1957 Sonny's Time Jazzland
1957 The Sound of Sonny [Riverside/OJC] Riverside/OJC
1957 Sound of Sonny Rollins DCC
1957 Newk's Time Blue Note
1957 More from the Vanguard Blue Note
1957 Sonny Rollins Plays/Jimmy Cleveland Plays Period
1957 Sonny Rollins [Everest] Everest
1957 Tenor Titan Verve
1958 Freedom Suite Riverside/OJC
1958 Shadow Waltz Jazzland
1958 Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass Verve
1958 Brass & Trio Verve
1958 Quartet Verve
1958 Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders... Contemporary/O
1958 Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders... JVC Japan
1958 Brass Trio Verve
1959 Saxes in Stereo Riverside
1962 The Bridge Bluebird/RCA
1962 The Quartets Featuring Jim Hall Bluebird
1962 What's New? Bluebird/RCA
1962 Alternatives Bluebird
1962 On the Outside Bluebird
1963 Sonny Rollins [Prestige] Prestige
1963 All the Things You Are Bluebird/RCA
1963 Sonny Meets Hawk! RCA
1963 Stuttgart (1963) Jazz Anthology
1964 Now's the Time RCA Victor
1964 Sonny Rollins & Co. 1964 Bluebird/RCA
1964 Three in Jazz RCA
1964 The Standard Sonny Rollins RCA
1965 There Will Never Be Another You Impulse!
1965 Sonny Rollins on Impulse! Impulse!
1966 Alfie Impulse!
1966 East Broadway Rundown Impulse!
1972 Next Album Milestone/OJC
1973 Horn Culture Milestone/OJC
1975 Nucleus Milestone/OJC
1976 The Way I Feel Milestone/OJC
1977 Easy Living Milestone/OJC
1978 Green Dolphin Street Quintessence
1979 Don't Ask Milestone/OJC
1980 Love at First Sight Original Jazz
1981 No Problem Milestone
1982 Reel Life Milestone
1984 Sunny Days, Starry Nights Milestone
1986 G-Man Milestone
1986 The Quartets [US] RCA
1987 Dancing in the Dark Milestone
1988 Sonny Rollins/Thad Jones Jazz Archives
1989 Falling in Love with Jazz Milestone
1991 Way Out West [OJC/Contemporary] Contemporary/O
1991 Here's to the People Milestone
1993 St. Thomas 1959 [live] Dragon
1993 Old Flames Milestone
1994 The Sound of Sonny [Spotlite] Spotlite
1994 The Meeting All of Us
1995 Without a Song Four Star
1996 Sonny Rollins Plus Three Milestone
1998 Global Warming Milestone
1998 Meets Hawk Classic
1999 Now's the Time [Bonus Tracks] BMG
1999 Our Man In Jazz [Import] Jazz/BMG
2000 Sonny Rollins [Jamey Aebersold] Jamey
2000 Way Out West [Contemporary Limited] Contemporary
2000 This Is What I Do
2001 Way Out West [Analogue Productions] Analogue
2002 Sonny Rollins Plus Four Prestige
2002 Mambo Bounce Epm Musique
2002 Plus Four Mobile
2002 Scoops Past Perfect
2002 Solid Past Perfect
2003 With the Modern Jazz Quartet

Live Sonny Rollins Records and Sonny Rollins CD Releases

1957 More from the Vanguard Blue Note
1957 A Night at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 [live] Blue Note
1957 A Night at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 2 [live] Blue Note
1957 A Night at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 3 [live] Blue Note
1957 A Night at the Village Vanguard [live] Blue Note
1957 European Concerts [live] Bandstand
1958 Sonny Rollins at Music Inn Teddy Edwards at... Metrojazz
1959 In Stockholm (1959) [live] Dragon
1959 Aix-En-Provence [live] Royal Jazz
1962 Our Man in Jazz [live] RCA Victor
1963 Live in Paris (1963) Magnetic
1965 Live in Europe (1965) Magnetic
1973 In Japan [live] JVC
1974 The Cutting Edge [live] Milestone/OJC
1978 Don't Stop the Carnival [live] Milestone/OJC
1978 Milestone Jazzstars in Concert [Bonus Tracks] [live] Milestone
1985 The Solo Album [live] Milestone
1993 St. Thomas 1959 [live] Dragon
1995 Denmark, Vol. 1 [live] Moon
1995 Denmark, Vol. 2 [live] Moon
1999 A Night at the Village Vanguard [2 CD Set] [live] Blue Note
2000 Immortal Concerts: Village Vanguard,... [live] Giants of Jazz
2003 Live in London Harkit
2004 Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert [live]

Compilation Sonny Rollins Vinyl and Sonny Rollins CD's

1949 The Complete Prestige Recordings Prestige
1951 Vintage Sessions Prestige
1951 First Recordings [Prestige] Prestige
1953 Jazz Showcase Original Jazz
1956 Sonny Rollins [Blue Note] Blue Note
1956 The Complete Blue Note Recordings Blue Note
1956 The Freelance Years: The Complete Riverside... Riverside
1956 The Best of Sonny Rollins Blue Note
1956 The Essential on Riverside Riverside
1957 The Freedom Suite Plus Milestone
1957 First Recordings 1957 Jazz Anthology
1972 Silver City: A Celebration of 25 Years on... Milestone
1992 Compact Jazz: Sonny Rollins and Friends Verve
1994 Rollins Meets Cherry, Vol. 1 Moon
1994 Rollins Meets Cherry, Vol. 2 Moon
1995 1st Recording 1957 Musidisc
1996 Oleo Jazz Hour
1996 Rollins' Round Midnight Camden
1997 The Complete RCA Victor Recordings RCA x
1997 Jazz Masters GRP
1997 Priceless Jazz Collection GRP
1998 Jazz Profile Blue Note
1998 Greatest Hits RCA
1998 Quartets BMG
1998 Airegin: 1951-1956 Giants of Jazz
1998 Tenor Madness 1956 Giants of Jazz
1998 Freedom Suite 1956-1958 Giants of Jazz
2000 Les Incontournables Wea
2000 The Best of the Complete RCA Victor... RCA Victor
2000 Jazz Essentials: The Sound of Sonny Master Dance
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Verve
2001 Jazz Casual: Fine and Mellow Koch
2001 Just in Time Starburst
2001 Toot Toot Tootsie International
2002 Sonny Rollins' Finest Hour Verve
2002 Ballads Blue Note
2002 Real Crazy-Young Sonny: 1949-51 Jasmine
2003 Complete 1949-1951 Prestige Studio Sessions Definitive
2004 Complete Capitol, Savoy and Blue Note Feature Recordings Definitive Classics
2004 A Proper Introduction to Sonny Rollins: Young Rollins Proper
2004 Blue Note Years, Vol. 6
2004 Stopper/Oleo Membran
2004 The Best of Sonny Rollins Prestige
2004 The Stopper Giants Of Jazz
2004 Sonny Rollins Plays Fresh Sounds
2005 The Very Best Blue Note
2005 Celebrating Sonny at 75/The Very Best of the RCA Years RVG

Sonny Rollins DVDs & Sonny Rollins Music Videos

1986 Sonny Rollins Live at Loren Rhapsody
1986 Sonny Rollins Tokei
1998 Sonny Rollins & Dexter Gordon Vidjazz
1999 Jazz Casual: Sonny Rollins [live] Rhino
2000 Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus... Hal Leonard
2003 Jazz Casual Idem

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