April 10, 2019

Princeton Record Exchange Celebrates Record Store Day

Princeton Record Exchange, at 20 South Tulane Street, will mark the 12th annual National Record Store Day on Saturday, April 13. Record Store Day celebrates the culture of the independently owned record store.

The day is designed to bring together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world. On this day, hundreds of limited-edition titles are sold exclusively at stores such as Princeton Record Exchange.

The main attraction of Record Store Day is the availability of titles on vinyl that can only be found in participating independent bricks-and-mortar stores. At last count, there are over 400 limited edition titles being released this year.

Adding to the collectible appeal, most of these records have very limited production runs, typically from 100 to 5,000 pieces. They are allocated by the distributors to stores around the country, and the stores don’t know what they’ll receive until the last minute. For the last few years, Princeton Record Exchange has ended up with over 1,500 pieces for sale.

“We are taking a bit of gamble bringing in so many titles, but we want our customers to get what they are looking for, and so far the response has been amazing,” said owner Jon Lambert.

This year’s array of releases features a wide spread of genres. Classic rock and indie-rock comprise the majority but there are also rap, soul, jazz, techno, country, folk, and metal titles. They may be previously unreleased recordings or alternate takes, and are often on colored vinyl, are numbered, have special packaging or are otherwise different from standard issues.

Some of this year’s highlights include:

David Bowie Pin Ups, a picture disc version, featuring the iconic cover done with super-model Twiggy, of his classic album from 1973; Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets, a new mono remaster using the original 1968 mono mix; Weezer The Teal Album, release on vinyl of cover songs; Pearl Jam (RSD 2019 Ambassadors!) Live at Easy Street, recorded at Seattle’s Easy Street Records in 2005; and many more.

The store has three Woodstock-related releases celebrating the 50th anniversary: Woodstock Mono PA Version, a 3-LP taken from the soundboard recordings and the rare promo mono version and featuring unedited, full-length songs; Janis Joplin Woodstock, Sunday, August 17, 1969, a 2-LP set on vinyl for the first time; and Sly & The Family Stone Woodstock, Sunday, August 17, 1969, also a 2-LP set on vinyl for the first time.

The day starts with free coffee for the first 50 people in line courtesy of D’Angelo Italian Market. The first 50 also get a commemorative RSD tote bag with freebies and a collectible Dogfish Head Beer poster.

The store opens at 10 a.m., but customers line up much earlier.

Visit www.prex.com and Facebook for more information.