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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 Velvet Underground 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 Velvet Underground 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 Velvet Underground record collection, Velvet Underground 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 Velvet Underground 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!


Velvet Underground Biography

The Velvet Underground (sometimes abbreviated as The Velvets or VU) was an American rock band first active from 1965 to 1973. Its best-known alumni are Lou Reed and John Cale. Although never commercially successful during their time, The Velvet Underground remains an influential rock band. A famous remark, often attributed to Brian Eno, is that while only a few thousand people bought a Velvet Underground record upon their initial release, almost every single one of them was inspired to start a band.

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Velvet Underground Bio Continued

The group's often raw, sometimes difficult sound influenced many later punk, noise rock, and alternative music performers, and singer Lou Reed's lyrics brought new levels of social realism and sleaze to rock. Critics Scott Isler and Ira Robbins argue that "The Velvet Underground marked a turning point in rock history. After the release of The Velvet Underground and Nico, knowing the power of which it was capable, the music could never be as innocent, as unselfconscious as before."

Velvet Underground Discography Updated January 2007
Velvet Underground Albums

Studio Velvet Underground Vinyl and Velvet Underground CDs

1967 The Velvet Underground & Nico Polygram
1968 White Light/White Heat Polygram
1969 The Velvet Underground Polydor
1970 Loaded Warner
1973 Squeeze Polydor

Live Velvet Underground Records and Velvet Underground CD Releases

1972 Live at Max's Kansas City Atlantic
1974 1969: Velvet Underground Live Mercury
1974 Live with Lou Reed Mercury
1976 Live Mercury
1993 Live MCMXCIII Mercury
2001 Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes Polydor
2004 Live at Max's Kansas City Rhino

Compilation Velvet Underground Vinyl and Velvet Underground CD's

1971 Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground MGM
1973 Velvet Underground, Lou Reed Pride
1973 Pop History No. 19 Kama Sutra
1973 Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground Pride
1974 Archetypes MGM
1976 Pop History No. 12 Kama Sutra
1985 VU Polygram
1986 Another View Polygram
1989 The Best of the Velvet Underground Verve
1990 Collection Polydor
1993 What Goes On? Raven
1995 Peel Slowly and See Polydor/Chroni
1997 Loaded: Fully Loaded Edition Rhino
2000 20th Century Masters - The Millennium... Polydor
2001 An Introduction to the Velvet Underground Polygram
2001 Final V.U., 1971-1973 Captain Trip
2001 Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes Polydor
2002 Velvet Underground & Nico Universal
2002 1965-1970: The Story, the Lyrics Sonic Book
2005 Gold Poydor

Solo Velvet Underground Music CD Appearances

Lou Reed
1972 Lou Reed BMG
1972 Transformer Collectables
1973 Berlin RCA Victor
1974 Sally Can't Dance Buddha
1975 Lou Reed Live RCA
1975 Metal Machine Music Buddha
1976 Coney Island Baby BMG
1976 Rock and Roll Heart Buddha
1978 Street Hassle Arista
1979 The Bells Buddha 1980 Rock & Roll Today Arista
1980 Growing Up in Public Buddha
1982 The Blue Mask RCA
1983 Legendary Hearts RCA
1984 New Sensations BMG
1986 Mistrial RCA
1989 New York Sire1990 Lou Reed & John Cale Songs for Drella Warner
1992 Magic and Loss Sire
1996 Set the Twilight Reeling Warner
2000 Ecstasy Warner
2003 The Raven Sire
2004 Animal Serenade Warner

Lou Reed Live
1974 Rock 'n' Roll Animal RCA
1975 Lou Reed Live RCA
1978 Live: Take No Prisoners Arista
1984 Live in Italy BMG
1997 Live in Concert BMG
1998 Perfect Night: Live in London Warner
2001 American Poet Get Back
2003 Extended Versions BMG Special
2004 Lou Reed/John Cale/Nico Bataclan 72 Pilot

Lou Reed Compilations
1975 Walk on the Wild Side & Other Hits RCA
1977 Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed RCA
1979 Vicious RCA
1980 Rock and Roll Diary: 1967-1980 Arista
1982 I Can't Stand It RCA
1982 Coffret Or RCA
1983 Rock Galaxy RCA
1985 City Lights (Classic Performances By Lou Reed) Arista
1986 New York Superstar RCA
1987 Wild Child Pair
1989 Retro RCa 1992 Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed... RCA x
1993 A Retrospective BMG
1995 Very Best of Lou Reed & Velvet Underground Alex
1995 The Best of Lou Reed & the Velvet Underground Phantom
1996 Different Times: Lou Reed in the '70s RCA
1997 Perfect Day BMG
1999 The Definitive Collection Arista
2000 Very Best of Lou Reed BMG
2000 The Wild Side: Best of Lou Reed BMG
2002 Golden Collection BMG
2002 Legendary BMG
2003 NYC Man: The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection RCA/BMG
2004 The Platinum & Gold Collection RCA

Lou Reed DVDs
1987 Coney Island Baby--Live in New Jersey Vestron Video
1990 Lou Reed & John Cale Songs for Drella Warner
1991 New York Album Warner
1991 New York Album Warner
1992 Magic and Loss: Live in Concert
1998 Rock and Roll Heart Winstar
2001 Transformer Pioneer

Lou Reed Appearances
Eric Andersen You Can't Relive The Past (2000) Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
Laurie Anderson In Our Sleep (1995) Guitar
Laurie Anderson Life on a String (2001) Guitar
Rubén Blades Nothing But the Truth (1988) Guitar, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
John Cale Seducing Down the Door (1994) Performer
Dion Yo Frankie (1989) Vocals (bckgr)
Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert (1993) Guitar, Vocals, Performer
Gordon Gano Hitting the Ground (2002) Guitar, Vocals, Performer
Vince Gill I Still Believe in You (1992) Vocals (bckgr)
Garland Jeffreys Escape Artist (1981) Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Kilowatthours Strain of Positive Thinking (2000) Performer
Mott the Hoople Live Dudes (2000) Performer
Nico Classic Years (1998) Guitar
Nico Innocent & Vain (2002) Producer
Precious Metal Precious Metal (1990) Performer
Genya Ravan Urban Desire (1978) Vocals
Jamie Richards No Regrets (2002) Vocals (bckgr)
Jimmy Scott Holding Back the Years (1998) Liner Notes
Paul Shaffer World's Most Dangerous Party (1993)
Simple Minds Street Fighting Years (1989) Vocals
Nelson Slater Wild Angel (1976) Guitar, Piano, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
The Smithereens Date With the Smithereens (1994) Guitar
Splash Spring Break (1978) Performer
Dave Stewart Greetings from the Gutter (1995) Guitar
Hunter S. Thompson Where Were You When the Fun... (1999) Performer
Tom Tom Club Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom (1988) Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals (bckgr)
Maureen Tucker Life in Exile After Abdication (1989) Guitar
Moe Tucker I Spent a Week There the Other... (1991) Guitar
Moe Tucker Waiting for My Men (2004) Guitar
United States Of Poetry United States of Poetry (1996) Performer
Rob Wasserman Duets (1988)
Dan Zanes & Friends Night Time (2002) Vocals

John Cale
1970 Vintage Violence Columbia/Legac
1971 Church of Anthrax Columbia
1972 The Academy in Peril Reprise
1973 Paris 1919 Reprise
1974 Fear Island
1975 Slow Dazzle Island
1975 Helen of Troy Island
1981 Honi Soit A&M
1982 Music for a New Society Yellow Moon
1984 Caribbean Sunset Mango
1984 Comes Alive Mango
1985 Artificial Intelligence Beggars
1989 Words for the Dying United States
1990 HN Mango
1990 Lou Reed & John Cale Songs for Drella Sire
1990 Brian Eno & John Cale Wrong Way Up Opal
1992 Paris S'eveille Crepuscule
1993 23 Solo Pieces for La Naissance de L'Amour Crepuscule
1994 John Cale/Bob Neuwirth Last Day on Earth
1995 Antartida Import
1996 Walking on Locusts Hannibal
1998 Nico: Dance Music
1998 Nico Elektra/Asylum
1998 Dance Music Detour
1999 Le Vent de la Nuit Import
2003 HoboSapiens EMI

John Cale Live
1979 Sabotage/Live Spy
1991 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues ROIR
1992 Fragments of a Rainy Season Hannibal
2004 Lou Reed/John Cale/Nico Bataclan 72 Pilot

John Cale Compilations
1977 Guts Polygram
1994 Seducing Down the Door Rhino
1996 The Island Years Island
1997 Eat/Kiss: Music for the Films of Andy Warhol Hannibal
1999 Close Watch: An Introduction to John Cale Island

John Cale Appearances
Kevin Ayers-John Cale-Eno... June 1, 1974 (1974) Keyboards, Viola
Vince Bell Phoenix (1994) Piano
Art Bergmann Crawl With Me (1988) Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
Chatham Angel Moves Too Fast to See --...
Julie Covington Julie Covington (1978) Keyboards
Julie Covington Julie Covington Plus (2000) Piano, Clavinet
Nick Drake Bryter Layter (1970) Organ, Piano, Celeste, Cello, Harpsichord, Viola
Nick Drake Fruit Tree (1986) Organ, Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Viola
Earth Opera Great American Eagle Tragedy (1969) Guitar, Vocals
Eno Another Green World (1975) Keyboards, Viola
Brian Eno Music for Films (1978) Viola
Brian Eno & John Cale Wrong Way Up (1990) Organ, Bass, Dumbek, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Arranger, Harp, Horn, Keyboards, Timbales, Viola, Vocals, Produce
Brian Eno Eno Box II: Vocals (1993) Organ, Dumbek, Piano, Keyboards, Viola, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Producer, Chords
Brian Eno Eno Box I: Instrumentals (1994) Viola
Brian Eno Sonora Portraits (1999) Keyboards, Viola, Producer, Performer
FGL De Granada a la Luna (1998) Keyboards, Programming, Vocals, Producer
Gordon Gano Hitting the Ground (2002) Piano, Vocals, Performer
Glassharp Glass Harp [MCA/Decca] (1970) Viola
Goya Dress Rooms (1996) Producer, Mixing
Happy Mondays Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four... (1987) Producer
Happy Mondays Loads (& Loads More) (1995) Producer
Mike Heron Smiling Men With Bad Reputations (1971) Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Jools Holland Small World Big Band (2001) Performer
Jools Holland & His Rhythm Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm &... (2002) Performer
Ian Hunter You're Never Alone With a... (1979) Piano, Keyboards, Arp
Ian Hunter Once Bitten Twice Shy (2000) Piano, Arp
Inside the Dream Syndicate, Vol. I: Day of... (2000)
Inside the Dream Syndicate, Vol. 2: Dream... (2002)
Inside the Dream Syndicate, Vol. 3:... (2002)
The Jesus Lizard Jesus Lizard (1998) Producer
Kid Loco Another Late Night (2003) Producer
Lee Konitz Medium Rare (1986) Performer
David Kubinec Some Things Never Change (1978) Keyboards, Producer
Angus Maclise Cloud Doctrine (2002) Guitar, Keyboards, Viola
Maids of Gravity First Second (1996) Piano, Viola, Handclapping, Producer, Clapping, Mixing
Phil Manzanera Manzanera Collection (1995) Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Performer
Kate & Anna McGarrigle Kate & Anna McGarrigle [Carthage] (1975) Keyboards
Kate & Anna McGarrigle Dancer with Bruised Knees (1977) Organ, Marimba
The Mediæval Bæbes Undrentide (2000) Producer
The Mediæval Bæbes Mistletoe and Wine: A Seasonal... (2003) Producer
Morning Glory Two Suns Worth (1968) Engineer
Morrissey Under the Influence (2003) Producer
Geoff Muldaur Is Having a Wonderful Time (1975) Violin
New York in the 1960s, Vol. 1: Sun Blindness...
Nico Marble Index (1969) Bass, Guitar, Arranger, Keyboards, Mixing
Nico Desertshore (1970) Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Producer
Nico End (1974) Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Glockenspiel, Guitar (Bass), Keyboards, Marimba, Piano (Electric
Nico Camera Obscura (1985) Producer
Nico Classic Years (1998) Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Guitar, Piano, Arranger, Celeste, Vocals (bckgr), Xylophone, Multi Instruments, B
Nico Innocent & Vain (2002) Producer
The Replacements All Shook Down (1990)
The Modern Lovers Modern Lovers (1976) Producer
Jonathan Richman & the... Beserkley Years (1987) Producer, Original Recording Producer
Jonathan Richman & the... 23 Great Recordings by Jonathan... (1990) Producer
Leon Russell Stop All That Jazz (1974) Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
Siouxsie & the Banshees O Baby, Pt. 1 (1994) Producer
Siouxsie & the Banshees O Baby, Pt. 2 (1994) Producer
Siouxsie & the Banshees Rapture (1995) Producer, Mixing
Sister Double Happiness Heart & Mind (1991) Sound Effects
Jack Smith Evening Gowns Damnees (1999) Performer, Sarinda
Patti Smith Horses (1975) Bass, Producer
Patti Smith Gone Again (1996) Organ
Patti Smith Patti Smith Masters: The... (1996) Bass, Producer
Patti Smith Gone Again [Bonus CD] (1999) Organ
Patti Smith Land (1975-2002) (2002) Organ, Producer
U.K. Squeeze U.K. Squeeze (1978) Producer
Squeeze Classics, Vol. 25 (1987) Producer

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