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.) Longines Symphonette is the orchestra, Longines Symphonette Society is the record club and label.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
8T-001 The Mood Is Romance: Evening Serenade  album cover The Longines Symphonette The Mood Is Romance: Evening Serenade(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-001 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-002 The Mood Is Romance: South Seas Serenade  album cover 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 Mood Is Romance: Continental Classics  album cover The Longines Symphonette The Mood Is Romance: Continental Classics(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-003 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-004 The Mood Is Romance: Festival Favorites  album cover The Longines Symphonette The Mood Is Romance: Festival Favorites(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-004 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-024 The Best Songs Of Henry Mancini  album cover Henry Mancini The Best Songs Of Henry Mancini(8-Trk, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-024 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-025 Great Hollywood Themes  album cover The Longines Symphonette Great Hollywood Themes(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-025 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-032 The Romantic Music Of Faraway Places  album cover The Longines Symphonette The Romantic Music Of Faraway Places(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-032 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-035 Music Of The Good Old Days  album cover The Longines Symphonette Music Of The Good Old Days(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-035 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-057 Presents Symphonette Stereo Strings  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Presents Symphonette Stereo Strings(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-057 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-085 Strangers In The Night  album cover 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 In L-O-V-E  album cover 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 Golden Treasury "Unforgettable"  album cover 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-110 Million Dollar Hits Of The '50s And '60s  album cover Various Million Dollar Hits Of The '50s And '60s(8-Trk, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-110 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-146 The Golden Treasury Of 500 Melodies  album cover 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 Country Brass  album cover The Longines Symphonette Country Brass(8-Trk, Album) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-161 US 1973 Sell This Version
8T-175 Great Melody Years 1968-72  album cover The Longines Symphonette Great Melody Years 1968-72(5x8-Trk + Box, Comp) 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-222 The Mills Brothers Remember When(8-Trk, Comp, S/Edition) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-222 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-228 The World's Favorite Waltzes  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* The World's Favorite Waltzes 8T-228 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-230 The World's Great Love Songs  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* The World's Great Love Songs(2x8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-230 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-231 The World's Great Love Songs  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* The World's Great Love Songs(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-231 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-232 Marches Of All Nations  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Marches Of All Nations(2x8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-232 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-236 Folk Songs Of The World  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Folk Songs Of The World 8T-236 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-238 Great American Composers Part 1  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Great American Composers Part 1(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-238 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-240 International Dance Festival  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* International Dance Festival(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-240 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-242 Great American Composers Part 2  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Great American Composers Part 2(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-242 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-248 Solo Masterworks  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Solo Masterworks(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-248 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-250 America's Favorite Waltzes  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* America's Favorite Waltzes(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-250 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-252 Stories In Song  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Stories In Song(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-252 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-254 Songs Of Faith & Inspiration  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Songs Of Faith & Inspiration(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-254 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-256 Current Favorites  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Current Favorites(2x8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society 8T-256 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-271 Brass Voices  album cover 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 Christmas With The Stars  album cover Various Christmas With The Stars(8-Trk, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society 8T 280 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-282 1973 In Review  album cover No Artist 1973 In Review(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-282 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-289 10 Of The Best Ink Spots Hits  album cover The Ink Spots 10 Of The Best Ink Spots Hits(8-Trk, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-289 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-306 All You Need Is Love  album cover 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 Gift Of Love  album cover The Longines Symphonette Gift Of Love(8-Trk) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-311 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-330 Brass Voices Swing: The Big Band Hits  album cover 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 Big Band Themes  album cover Brass Voices Big Band Themes(8-Trk, Album) Longines Symphonette Society 8T-334 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-409 The Roaring 20's  album cover 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 We're An American Band  album cover Grand Funk* We're An American Band(8-Trk, Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 8XW-11207 US 1973 Sell This Version
15-13A-4 The War Years  album cover Various The War Years(3xLP, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society 15-13A-4 US Unknown Sell This Version
4001 War Of The Worlds  album cover Orson Welles War Of The Worlds (Album) 4001 US 1968 Sell This Version
16600 The Joy Of Christmas  album cover 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 The Adventures Of Captain Midnight: The Secret Squadron  album cover Unknown Artist The Adventures Of Captain Midnight: The Secret Squadron(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Longines Symphonette Society 4 2805 US Unknown Sell This Version
71271 Salt Peanuts  album cover Supersax Salt Peanuts(LP, Album, Club) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 71271 US 1974 Sell This Version
93437 The Best Songs Of 1970  album cover 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 Preview Club Yearbook Of Best Songs Of 1971  album cover 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
94372 Ken Carson America's Favorite Campfire Songs Featuring Ken Carson(LP, Album, RE) Longines Symphonette Society 94372 US 1966 Sell This Version
94473 Romance With An Italian Accent - Vol. 1  album cover 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 Nineteen Seventy Two's Greatests Hits  album cover 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 (Comp, Album) 95242 US 1973 Sell This Version
95833 8T-558 The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Valli And The Fabulous Four Seasons  album cover 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 Friends  album cover B.B. King Friends(LP, Album, Club) ABC Records, ABC Records ABCD-825 US 1974 Sell This Version
ATCO SD 7003 Trafalgar  album cover Bee Gees Trafalgar(LP, Album, Club, Gat) Atco Records, ATCO Records ATCO SD 7003 US 1971 Sell This Version
AV-201 Avon Wishes You A Happy Holiday And A Joyous New Year  album cover 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, S/Sided, Promo) Longines Symphonette Society B223 UK Unknown Sell This Version
BDS 5141 Imagination  album cover Gladys Knight & The Pips* Imagination(LP, Album, Club) Buddah Records, Buddah Records BDS 5141 US 1973 Sell This Version
Bell 1307 Seasons In The Sun  album cover Terry Jacks Seasons In The Sun(LP, Album, Club) Bell Records, Bell Records Bell 1307 US 1974 Sell This Version
BN-LA140-F Street Lady  album cover Donald Byrd Street Lady(LP, Album, Club, Gat) Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note BN-LA140-F US 1973 Sell This Version
C4-E5 Folk Songs Of The World  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Folk Songs Of The World(LP) Longines Symphonette Society C4-E5 US 1973 Sell This Version
C4-F61 Great American Composers Part 1  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Great American Composers Part 1(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-F61 USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version
C4-G7 International Dance Festival  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* International Dance Festival(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-G7 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-H8 Great American Composers Part 2  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Great American Composers Part 2(3xLP, Album + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-H8 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-J9 Broadway Hits  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Broadway Hits(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-J9 US 1973 Sell This Version
C4-K10 Hollywood's Greatest Themes  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Hollywood's Greatest Themes(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-K10 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-L11 Solo Masterworks  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Solo Masterworks(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-L11 USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-M12 America's Favorite Waltzes  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* America's Favorite Waltzes(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-M12 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
C4-N13 Stories In Song  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Stories In Song(LP, Album) Longines Symphonette Society C4-N13 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-Q15 Current Favorites   album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Current Favorites (Box + 3xLP) Longines Symphonette Society C4-Q15 USA & Canada 1971 Sell This Version
C4-R16 Nostalgic Melodies  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Nostalgic Melodies(3xLP, Album + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-R16 USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-R161 Nostalgic Melodies  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Nostalgic Melodies(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-R161 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-T-17-BT Christmas In Song  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Christmas In Song(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society C4-T-17-BT US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-T171 Christmas In Song  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Christmas In Song(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-T171 US Unknown Sell This Version
C4-U18 The Symphonette Brass & Choraliers  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* The Symphonette Brass & Choraliers(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society C4-U18 USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-V19 Halls Of Ivy  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Halls Of Ivy(3xLP, Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-V19 USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-W20 All-American Favorites  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* All-American Favorites(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-W20 US 1973 Sell This Version
C4-w20-T All American Favorites  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* All American Favorites(2x8-Trk + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-w20-T US Unknown Sell This Version
C-5B2T Keyboard Masterpieces  album cover 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 Six Immortal Symphonies  album cover 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 Musical Landscapes  album cover 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
C7-4 Footlight Parade  album cover The Longines Symphonette Footlight Parade(3xLP, Album + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C7-4 US 1974 Sell This Version
C4-1A Treasury Of Waltzes  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Treasury Of Waltzes C4-1A USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-1A-2 Treasury Of Waltzes  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Treasury Of Waltzes(3xLP, Album + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-1A-2 US 1973 Sell This Version
C4-1B The World's Great Love Songs  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* The World's Great Love Songs(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-1B USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-1C Marches Of All Nations  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Marches Of All Nations(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-1C USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-2B The World's Great Love Songs  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* The World's Great Love Songs C4-2B USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
C4-3C-2 Marches Of All Nations  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Marches Of All Nations(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C4-3C-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
C - 7 - 3 Our Century In Music (The Hard-Time '30s) Vol. 3  album cover Various Our Century In Music (The Hard-Time '30s) Vol. 3(3xLP, Album + Box) Longines Symphonette Society C - 7 - 3 US 1974 Sell This Version
C-7-11 1 Our Century In Music - Birth Of The Blues - Vol. 11  album cover The Longines Symphonette Our Century In Music - Birth Of The Blues - Vol. 11(3xLP) Longines Symphonette Society C-7-11 1 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
C7-12 Over The Rainbow  album cover The Longines Symphonette Over The Rainbow(3xLP, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society C7-12 US 1974 Sell This Version
C-7-15 1 Our Century In Music The "Now" Sound  album cover 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 Fabulous '40s  album cover The Longines Symphonette The Fabulous '40s(3xLP, Comp) Longines Symphonette Society C7-20W 1974 Sell This Version
C7-21 The Roaring '20s  album cover The Longines Symphonette The Roaring '20s(LP, Album, 3xL) Longines Symphonette Society C7-21 US 1974 Sell This Version
C7-91 Our Century In Music - The Good Old Days Vol. 9  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Our Century In Music - The Good Old Days Vol. 9(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society, Longines Symphonette Society C7-91 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
CIT-102 Radio's Greatest Broadcasts  album cover Frank Knight Radio's Greatest Broadcasts(7") Longines Symphonette Society CIT-102 US Unknown Sell This Version
CON-4-D4 Concert Favorites  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Concert Favorites(3xLP + Box) Longines Symphonette Society CON-4-D4 USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
CON-4-P-14 Songs Of Faith & Inspiration  album cover The Longines Symphonette Society* Songs Of Faith & Inspiration(LP, Album) Longines Symphonette Society CON-4-P-14 US Unknown Sell This Version