Longines Symphonette Society

Longines Symphonette Society

Profile:
The Longines Symphonette Society was a direct marketing company working out of Larchmont and, later, New Rochelle, New York; addresses that were also prominently printed on the labels of their releases. The company operated from the late 1960s until 1974 and was headed by Alan Cartoun, president and son of Longines Watch Company Chairman, Fred Cartoun. The Longines Symphonette Society was a direct marketing pioneer using personalized computer letters to promote LP records, 8 track tapes, electronics, books, and collector's medallions, but their main specialization was in mail-order LP box sets of classical and easy listening music as well as releasing LPs of old time radio (OTR) programs (it was a subsidiary of the Longines watch company that also sold its own private-label stereo phonographs).

It purchased the record club edition rights to the catalog of Capitol Records from the label for its Capitol Record Club in 1968 and continued to press Capitol LPs for the club until 1975, when it was shut down.

It also had a rock and pop music subsidiary, Stereo Dimension Records.

Its light music recordings (largely the work of British composer/conductor Robert Farnon recorded between ca.1964 and 1970 in Britain are highly regarded today and seriously sought after.

Its records had the following disclaimer on the back covers of many of its albums and printed on its sleeves (which were the predecessor of modern polylined sleeves): "Every record bearing the name The Longines Symphonette Recording Society is guaranteed to be manufactured to the highest audio standards, from the finest available pure virgin vinyl materials, using the most modern and advanced recording equipment. Any defective recording which escapes the attention of our intensive quality control will be replaced upon request".

In 1969, The Longines Symphonette Society was included in a Congressional investigation looking into lotteries, sweepstakes, and deceptive marketing practices. In 1966, the number of national sweepstakes exceeded 600 and consumer groups accused them of deceptive practices. An FTC investigation in 1968 into sweepstakes from oil companies and supermarket chains found evidence of deception; one of the returning complaints was the company sent unsolicited merchandise to your people's home addresses. Consumers barraged Congress with letters pleading for intervention often naming specific companies such as Reader's Digest and Longines Symphonette Society in their accusations of unfair or deceptive practices.

(Do not confuse this label with the namesake symphony orchestra conducted by Michel Piastro sponsored by Longines in the 1940s.)
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
8T-001 The Longines Symphonette The Mood Is Romance: Evening Serenade(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-001 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-002 The Longines Symphonette The Mood Is Romance: South Seas Serenade(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-002 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-003 The Longines Symphonette The Mood Is Romance: Continental Classics(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-003 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-004 The Longines Symphonette The Mood Is Romance: Festival Favorites(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-004 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-024 Henry Mancini The Best Songs Of Henry Mancini(8-Trk, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-024 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-025 The Longines Symphonette Great Hollywood Themes(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-025 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-032 The Longines Symphonette The Romantic Music Of Faraway Places(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-032 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-035 The Longines Symphonette Music Of The Good Old Days(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-035 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-057 The Longines Symphonette Society* Presents Symphonette Stereo Strings(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-057 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-085 Bert Kaempfert Strangers In The Night(4x8-Trk, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-085 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-089 Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra In L-O-V-E(8-Trk, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-089 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-095 Nat King Cole Nat King Cole Golden Treasury "Unforgettable"(4x8-Trk, Album, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-095 US 1966 Sell This Version
8T-146 The Longines Symphonette The Golden Treasury Of 500 Melodies(8x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-146 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-161 The Longines Symphonette Country Brass(8-Trk, Album) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-161 US 1973 Sell This Version
8T-175 The Longines Symphonette Great Melody Years 1968-72(6x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-175 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-218 The Mills Brothers The Mellow Years(4x8-Trk, Comp + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-218 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-228 The Longines Symphonette The Worlds Favorite Waltzes(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-228 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-230 The Longines Symphonette The World's Great Love Songs(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-230 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-231 The Longines Symphonette The World's Great Love Songs(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-231 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-271 The Longines Symphonette, The Choraliers The Longines Symphonette, The Choraliers - Brass Voices(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-271 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T 280 Various Christmas With The Stars(8-Trk, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society 8T 280 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-282 No Artist 1973 In Review(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-282 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-306 The Longines Symphonette All You Need Is Love(5x8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-306 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-311 The Longines Symphonette Gift Of Love(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-311 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-330 Various Brass Voices Swing: The Big Band Hits(4x8-Trk, Comp + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-330 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-334 Brass Voices Big Band Themes(8-Trk, Album) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-334 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-409 The Longines Symphonette The Roaring 20's(8-Trk, Album) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-409 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-3621 Rick Wakeman Journey To The Centre Of The Earth(8-Trk, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records 8T-3621 US 1974 Sell This Version
8XW-11207 Grand Funk* We're An American Band(8-Trk, Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 8XW-11207 US 1973 Sell This Version
4001 Orson Welles War Of The Worlds(LP, RM) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 4001 US 1968 Sell This Version
16600 The Longines Symphonette, The Choraliers The Longines Symphonette, The Choraliers - The Joy Of Christmas(LP, Album) Evolution (3) 16600 US Unknown Sell This Version
4 2805 Unknown Artist The Adventures Of Captain Midnight: Destruction From The Sky(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Longines Symphonette Society 4 2805 US Unknown Sell This Version
71271 Supersax Salt Peanuts(LP, Album, Club) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 71271 US 1974 Sell This Version
93437 The Longines Symphonette The Best Songs Of 1970(2xLP, Album, Gat) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 93437 US 1970 Sell This Version
94253 The Longines Symphonette & The Choraliers The Longines Symphonette & The Choraliers - The Preview Club Yearbook Of Best Songs Of 1971(2xLP) Longines Symphonette Society 94253 US 1971 Sell This Version
94473 The Longines Symphonette Romance With An Italian Accent - Vol. 1(LP, Album) Longines Symphonette Society 94473 US 1972 Sell This Version
94528 Henry Mancini The Best Songs Of Henry Mancini(LP, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society 94528 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
94879 The Brass Explosion Orchestra And Chorus Nineteen Seventy Two's Greatests Hits(2xLP) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 94879 US 1972 Sell This Version
95242 The Longines Symphonette The Yearbook Of Best Songs Of 1973(8-Trk, Album) Longines Symphonette Society 95242 US 1973 Sell This Version
95833 8T-558 Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons* The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Valli And The Fabulous Four Seasons(3x8-Trk, Comp + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 95833 8T-558 US 1974 Sell This Version
ABCD-825 B.B. King Friends(LP, Album, Club) ABC Records, ABC Records ABCD-825 US 1974 Sell This Version
ATCO SD 7003 Bee Gees Trafalgar(LP, Album, Club, Gat) Atco Records, ATCO Records ATCO SD 7003 US 1971 Sell This Version
AV-201 The Longines Symphonette Avon Wishes You A Happy Holiday And A Joyous New Year(LP, Album) Longines Symphonette Society AV-201 US Unknown Sell This Version
B223 Various Million Dollar Hits Of The 50's And 60's(Flexi, Promo, S/Sided) Longines Symphonette Society B223 UK Unknown Sell This Version
BDS 5141 Gladys Knight & The Pips* Imagination(LP, Album, Club) Buddah Records, Buddah Records BDS 5141 US 1973 Sell This Version
Bell 1307 Terry Jacks Seasons In The Sun(LP, Album, Club) Bell Records, Bell Records Bell 1307 US 1974 Sell This Version
BN-LA140-F Donald Byrd Street Lady(LP, Album, Club, Gat) Blue Note, Blue Note BN-LA140-F US 1973 Sell This Version
C4-E5-T The Longines Symphonette The Family Library Of Beautiful Listening - The Folk Songs Of The World(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-E5-T US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-F61 The Longines Symphonette The Family Library Of Beautiful Listening Great American Composers Part 1(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-F61 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-G7 The Longines Symphonette The Family Library Of Beautiful Listening International Dance Festival(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-G7 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-J9 The Longines Symphonette The Family Library of Beautiful Listening, Broadway Hits(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-J9 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-K10 The Longines Symphonette The Family Library of Beautiful Listening, Hollywood's Greatest Themes(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-K10 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-M12 The Longines Symphonette America's Favorite Waltzes(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-M12 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
C4-Q15 The Longines Symphonette The Family Library Of Beautiful Listening Current Favorites (Box + 3xLP) Longines Symphonette Society C4-Q15 US 1971 Sell This Version
C4-R161 The Longines Symphonette Nostalgic Melodies(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-R161 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-T171 The Longines Symphonette Christmas In Song(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-T171 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-U18 The Longines Symphonette The Symphonette Brass & Choraliers(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society C4-U18 USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-V19 The Longines Symphonette Halls Of Ivy(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-V19 US 1973 Sell This Version
C4-W20 The Longines Symphonette The Family Library Of Beautiful Listening All-American Favorites(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-W20 US 1973 Sell This Version
C-5B2T The Longines Symphonette Keyboard Masterpieces(Box + 2x8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society C-5B2T US Unknown Sell This Version
C-5C3T The Longines Symphonette Six Immortal Symphonies(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society C-5C3T US Unknown Sell This Version
C-5-IA8T The Longines Symphonette Musical Landscapes(Box + 2x8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society C-5-IA8T US 1973 Sell This Version
C4-1A The Longines Symphonette Treasury Of Waltzes C4-1A USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-1A-2 The Longines Symphonette Society* The Family Of Beautiful Listening Treasury Of Waltzes(3xLP, Album + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-1A-2 US 1973 Sell This Version
C4-1B The Longines Symphonette The World's Great Love Songs(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-1B USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-1C The Longines Symphonette Marches Of All Nations(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-1C USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-2B The Longines Symphonette The World's Great Love Songs(3xLP, RE + Box, RE) Longines Symphonette Society C4-2B USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-3C-2 The Longines Symphonette Marches Of All Nations(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-3C-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
C-7-11 1 Benny Goodman Our Century In Music - Birth Of The Blues(3xLP) Longines Symphonette Society C-7-11 1 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
C7-12 The Longines Symphonette Over The Rainbow(3xLP, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society C7-12 US 1974 Sell This Version
C-7-15 1 Various Our Century In Music The "Now" Sound(3xLP, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society C-7-15 1 US 1974 Sell This Version
C7-20W The Longines Symphonette The Fabulous '40s(3xLP, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society C7-20W 1974 Sell This Version
C7-21 The Longines Symphonette The Roaring '20s(LP, Album, 3xL) Longines Symphonette Society C7-21 US 1974 Sell This Version
CIT-102 Frank Knight Radio's Greatest Broadcasts(7") Longines Symphonette Society CIT-102 US Unknown Sell This Version
CXS 180A Longines Symphonette Recording Society* George Gershwin's Immortal Rhapsody In Blue And An American In Paris(LP) Longines Symphonette Society CXS 180A US Unknown Sell This Version
DW-94409 Redd Foxx The Best Of Redd Foxx(LP) Longines Symphonette Society DW-94409 USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version
E-4107 Robert Farnon And His Orchestra Portrait Of The West(LP, Mono) Longines Symphonette Society E-4107 US 1965 Sell This Version
LPS-100 Various Immortal Performances(LP, Album, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society LPS-100 US 1963 Sell This Version
LS 4C Various Country Cavalcade; A Star-Spangled Of Great County Artists And Their Top Hits(LP, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society LS 4C US Unknown Sell This Version
LS021A Various Songs And Carols For A Joyous Christmas(4xLP, Comp + Box, RE) Longines Symphonette Society LS021A US Unknown Sell This Version
LS 115A Tennessee Ernie Ford A Treasury Of Inspirational Songs(6xLP, Album, Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Capitol Records LS 115A US Unknown Sell This Version
LS117A Nat King Cole Nat King Cole Golden Treasury "Unforgettable" (Comp) LS117A US 1966 Sell This Version
LS 121 C Various Theme Songs Of The Big Band Era(LP, Album, RE) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society LS 121 C US 1970 Sell This Version
LS200A Norman Luboff Choir And The Melachrino Strings Norman Luboff Choir And The Melachrino Strings - Love Letters(6xLP, Comp + Box, Ltd) Longines Symphonette Society LS200A US Unknown Sell This Version
LS200C The Norman Luboff Choir* And The Melachrino Strings The Norman Luboff Choir* And The Melachrino Strings - Sentimental Memories(LP, Album) Longines Symphonette Society LS200C US 1970 Sell This Version
LS 202 Symphonette Strings Evening Serenade(6xLP, Lim) Longines Symphonette Society LS 202 US Unknown Sell This Version
LS 202C Symphonette Strings Moonglow(LP) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society LS 202C US Unknown Sell This Version
LS 203A Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians* Younger Than Springtime(5xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society LS 203A US Unknown Sell This Version
LS 203C Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians* This Is My Country(LP, Album) Longines Symphonette Society LS 203C US Unknown Sell This Version
LS 204A The Longines Symphonette Memories Of Fiesta(5xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society LS 204A US Unknown Sell This Version
LS-205 Johnny Cash, Jeannie C. Riley Johnny Cash, Jeannie C. Riley - Born To Sing-Johnny Cash(5xLP, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society LS-205 USA & Canada 1970 Sell This Version
LS 206A Roger Williams (2) Roger Williams In Born Free ... And Other Great Romantic Melodies(5xLP, Ltd + Box, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society LS 206A US 1970 Sell This Version
LS 209A Lawrence Welk Champagne Memories(5xLP, Comp + Box) Longines Symphonette Society LS 209A US 1970 Sell This Version
LS209C Lawrence Welk Young At Heart(LP, Album, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society LS209C US Unknown Sell This Version
LS209U Lawrence Welk Young At Heart(LP, Album, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society LS209U US Unknown Sell This Version
LS210A Various The Golden Age Of Comedy; 50 Years Of Great Humor, From Vaudville To Video(5xLP, Album, Box) Longines Symphonette Society LS210A US Unknown Sell This Version
LS 211A The Longines Symphonette Ebb Tide LS 211A US Unknown Sell This Version
LS211C The Longines Symphonette The Song Is You(LP, Album) Longines Symphonette Society LS211C US Unknown Sell This Version
LS214A The Longines Symphonette, The Choraliers The Longines Symphonette, The Choraliers - Christmas With The Choraliers(5xLP + Box, Ltd) Longines Symphonette Society LS214A US 1972 Sell This Version
LS214-C Various An Old Fashioned Christmas(LP, Album, Comp, Mono) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society LS214-C US 1972 Sell This Version