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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 Roots 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 Roots 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 Roots record collection, The Roots 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 Roots 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 Roots Biography

The Roots, also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy winning Philadelphia-based hip hop group, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. Inspired by the "hip-hop band" concept pioneered by Stetsasonic, the Roots themselves have garnered critical acclaim and influenced later hip-hop and R&B acts. Come see the band that started it all. Order your Roots concert tickets today!

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The Roots Bio Continued

The Roots' original lineup included Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (MC) and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (drums), who were classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. As they began to play at school and on the streets, they added a bassist named Josh "The Rubberband" Abrams, who went on to form the Jazz group The Josh Abrams Quartet. They later added another MC named Malik Abdul Basit-Smart ("Malik B."), a new bassist Leonard Nelson Hubbard, and a keyboardist named Scott Storch. Another MC, Kid Crumbs, was a part of the group for their first album, Organix, but did not appear on any later albums. Another MC, Dice Raw, joined on for cameos in later albums. Scott Storch also left to pursue a producing career following the Do You Want More?!!!??! album, though the split was on amicable terms, and Storch continues to produce tracks for Roots albums to this day. The Roots filled his void with another keyboardist, Kamal Gray, who is still a member.

The Roots Discography Updated January 2007
The Roots Albums

Roots Vinyl and Roots CDs: Studio

1993 - Organix - Remedy
1995 - Do You Want More?!!!??! - Universal/MCA
1996 - Illadelph Halflife - DGC
1999 - Things Fall Apart - MCA
1999 - The Roots Come Alive - MCA
2002 - Phrenology - MCA
2004 - The Tipping Point - Geffen
2006 - Game Theory - Def Jam

Roots Records and Roots CD Releases: Compilations

2005 - Present [live] - Image
2005 - The Present [Clean] [live] - Image
2005 - Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 1 [Clean] - Geffen
2005 - Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 1 - Geffen
2005 - Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 2 [Clean] - Geffen
2005 - Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. 2 - Geffen
2006 - The Best of the Roots - 101 Distribution

Roots CD's and Roots Vinyl: Singles

1994 - From the Ground Up - Geffen
1994 - Distortion to Static [Cassette Single] - Geffen
1994 - Distortion to Static [Vinyl Single] - Geffen
1995 - Proceed I - DGC
1995 - Proceed II [Cassette Single] - GRP
1995 - Proceed II [Single] - Impulse!
1995 - Silent Treatment EP - DGC
1996 - Clones [#1] - Geffen
1996 - Clones [#2] - Geffen
1996 - What They Do [12] - Geffen
1996 - What They Do [CD] - Geffen
1998 - Adrenaline - MCA
1999 - You Got Me - MCA
1999 - What You Want - Sony
1999 - Concerto of the Desperado - Geffen
2002 - Break You Off - MCA
2003 - Break You Off - Universal/MCA
2003 - The Seed [Germany] - Universal/MCA
2003 - Seed [UK] - MCA International
2003 - Break You Off [UK CD] - MCA International
2004 - Don't Say Nuthin' - Geffen
2004 - Don't Say Nuthin' [UK] - Universal
2004 - Don't Say Nuthin' [Canada CD] - Universal International
2004 - Stay Cool/Duck Down - Geffen
2005 - I Don't Care - Universal International
2005 - I Don't Care, Pt. 1 - Universal International
2005 - I Don't Care, Pt. 2 - Universal International
2006 - Don't Feel Right [Single] - Def Jam

Roots CD and Roots Records Releases: Appearances 1993 - 1997

1993 - Organix The Roots - Performer
1993 - Sound Odyssey Various Artists - Performer
1994 - Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool Various Artists - Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
1995 - Buy-Product Various Artists - Performer
1995 - Do You Want More?!!!??! The Roots - Performer
1996 - High School High [Clean] Original Soundtrack - Vocals, Performer
1996 - High School High Original Soundtrack - Vocals, Performer
1996 - Illadelph Halflife [Clean] The Roots - Performer
1996 - Illadelph Halflife The Roots - Performer
1996 - Just Say Noel Various Artists - Performer
1996 - Kollage Bahamadia - Producer
1996 - New Groove: The Blue Note Remix Project, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1996 - Weekend Gavin Hardkiss - Performer
1997 - Baduizm Erykah Badu - Producer
1997 - Da Undaground Sound, Vol. 3: East Meets West Various Artists - Performer
1997 - In tha Beginning...There Was Rap [Clean] Various Artists - Producer
1997 - In tha Beginning...There Was Rap Various Artists - Producer
1997 - Live Erykah Badu - Creation
1997 - Men in Black [Original Soundtrack] Original Soundtrack - Producer
1997 - Mother of All Swing, Vol. 2 Various Artists - Performer

Roots Music CDs and other Roots CD's: Appearances 1998 - Present

1998 - Down in the Delta Original Soundtrack - Group, Producer
1998 - Fat Beats & Bra Straps: Battle Rhymes & Posse Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Fat Beats & Bra Straps: New MC's Various Artists - Producer
1998 - Here Come the Drums: Hip-Hop Drum N Bass Various Artists - Producer
1998 - Red Hot + Rhapsody: The Gershwin Groove Various Artists - Performer
1998 - Ride: Music from Dimension Original Soundtrack - Producer
1998 - Schoolhouse Rocks the Vote!: A Benefit for Rock the V Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Best Man Original Soundtrack - Performer
1999 - Chant Down Babylon Bob Marley - Performer
1999 - Chopped Up Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Men in Black [Bonus CD] Original Soundtrack - Producer
1999 - Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 [Clean] Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Woodstock 1999 Various Artists - Performer
1999 - Wood Original Soundtrack - Performer
2000 - Bait Original Soundtrack - Producer
2000 - Bamboozled [Clean] Original Soundtrack - Performer
2000 - Bamboozled Original Soundtrack - Performer
2000 - Grammy Rap Nominees 2000 [Clean] Various Artists - Performer
2000 - Grammy Rap Nominees 2000 Various Artists - Performer
2000 - Mix Tape, Vol. 4: 60 Minutes of Funk Funkmaster Flex - Producer
2000 - Smash Hits [SPG] Various Artists - Performer
2000 - Woodstock 1999, Vol. 2: Blue Album Various Artists - Performer
2001 - Unplugged [Clean] Jay-Z - Producer, Performer
2003 - Best of R&B, Vol. 1 Various Artists - Producer
2005 - This Is Jungle Brothers Jungle Brothers - Producer
2006 - Game Theory [Clean] The Roots - Producer
2006 - Game Theory The Roots - Producer
2007 - Definitive Collection Femi Kuti - Producer, Rap, Remixing

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