Releases from 1974 to 1978 were issued by Pickwick under license and are not to be taqged here.
RCA Camden initially reissued classical 78-RPM monophonic recordings from the Victor Red Seal and RCA Victor catalogs on LP's as well as 45's. These included the finest performances of some of the major conductors and leading symphony orchestras of the previous decades: Arturo Toscanini; Eugene Ormandy; Serge Koussevitzky; Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops; Leopold Stokowski and the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. But the reissues typically did not identify the conductors and soon began to use pseudonymous names for the orchestras to avoid competing with new RCA releases by the same orchestras.
The RCA Camden catalog also reissued many pop, jazz, country, early rock, and children's recordings. It was also the home of RCA Victor producer Ethel Gabriel's Living Strings and Living Voices after the Living Stereo era.
In 1973 RCA decided to discontinue Camden releases and licensed the catalog to Pickwick International. Pickwick releases included many Elvis Presley and pre-stardom Dolly Parton compilations between 1974 and 1978. At the same time RCA also issued some new releases on blue Camden labels, a still-controversial arrangement that ended in 1978 when RCA launched the ANL1- series of budget-priced reissue.
RCA continued using the Camden name for CD reissues until BMG Music resurrected Buddha Records as their reissue label in 1998. After the 2004 merger of BMG Music and Sony Music Entertainment, Sony BMG retired the name along with RCA Victrola and RCA Gold Seal in North America. The Camden name is still used for budget CDs in Britain and is now operating as a division of Sony Music UK.
US Catalog prefixes: Catalog number prefixes are CAL for mono and CAS (or CDS) for stereo releases. In 1973, the prefix changes to ACL1 with ACL2 for double albums.
Pickwick Repressings (1974-78): Pickwick reissues of RCA Camden albums were on the standard Pickwick label with the original catalog numbers (CAS or ACL/ADL minus the "1" or "2"). The upper perimeter print reads Made from masters of RCA Corporation. All rights reserved. with PICKWICK in boldface letters and BY ARRANGEMENT WITH RCA RECORDS under it, both in white. The bottom of the label had CAMDEN while the bottom perimeter print read Trademark CAMDEN Used With Permission of RCA Corporation in white with Printed In USA in the silver print used on the rest of the label
The vinylbeat link below provides four examples of US Camden labels: Red, hot pink, medium-blue inside purple margins, and light green sunburst into blue above and grey below. Beige Canadian labels and a light blue variant introduced in 1969 are not yet included in the vinylbeat. As there are often several versions of the same release it is important to describe the labels in detail, and include images if possible.
RCA Camden Orchestra Pseudonyms
In order to avoid competing with new recordings of leading orchestras, RCA Camden reissues of earlier recordings by these same orchestras adopted pseudonyms, including:
BBC Symphony Orchestra = AKA Thames Symphony Orchestra
The Boston Pops Orchestra = AKA Festival Concert Orchestra
Boston Symphony Orchestra = AKA Centennial Symphony Orchestra
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra = AKA Century Symphony Orchestra
The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra = AKA Star Symphony Orchestra
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra = AKA Sussex Symphony Orchestra
The London Philharmonic Orchestra = AKA Stratford Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra = AKA Jewel Symphony Orchestra
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra = AKA Marlborough Symphony Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra = AKA Globe Symphony Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra = AKA Warwick Symphony Orchestra
Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire on Victor Red Seal as Paris Conservatory Orchestra = AKA "Seine Symphony Orchestra" on RCA Camden reissues
Henri René And His Orchestra = AKA The Cosmopolitan Orchestra
The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra = AKA World Wide Symphony Orchestra
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra = AKA Schuyler Symphony Orchestra or Savoy Symphony
Toronto Symphony Orchestra = AKA Dominion Symphony Orchestra
Wiener Philharmoniker on Victor Red Seal as "Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra" = AKA "Danube Symphony Orchestra" on RCA Camden reissues
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra = AKA Cromwell Symphony Orchestra
New York City Symphony Orchestra = AKA Sutton Symphony Orchestra
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra = AKA Regent Symphony Orchestra AKA Golden Symphony Orchestra
The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra was a New York City pick-up orchestra drawn from members of the NBC Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.