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Base fundForeign recordings 

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From Ilya Shiroky's collection, Moscow
Mirror Transcription: 144
Original matrix: Gramplasttrest and major ... # 144
Label Catalog No Mx/Ctr No Take Order No Censorial No Additional information
Gramplasttrest and major ... > Interim GPT Labels 144 144 First reissue (copied or re-recorded matrix)
Reverse Side 106 106
Pre-revolutionary > Odeon-Record O-11639 Be 9850 O-11639 Original matrix
Gramplasttrest and major ... > SovSong 144 144 Reissue (copied or re-recorded matrix) Base fund
Gramplasttrest and major ... > Plant of 1905 Year 144 144 Advance Pressing Base fund
Gramplasttrest and major ... > Gramplasttrest NKTP (diamond, no plant name) 144 144 Reissue (copied or re-recorded matrix) Base fund
Experimental production > Leningrad - Kultprom 144 144 First reissue (copied or re-recorded matrix) Duplicates fund
Title Name: Mister Brown
Language(s) or Ethnics: german, english | Catalog category: Dance Orchestra with Refrain | Genre (Music Category): Foxtrot
Artist(s): Hans Bund and his Orchestra
Composer: Paul Abraham
Lyrics By: Douglas Furber
Accompaniment Type:
Bandmaster or conductor: Hans Bund
Recording Place: Berlin | Recording Date: 23-03-1932
Transfer speed: 78 RPM
Record size: 25 cm | Label size: 87 mm
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Label file size: 396.9 KB | 1382x1382 px | Size of file MP3: 2.9 MB | 3:07 | 128 kbps x 44.1 kHz
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Added by: SovSong | 11.04.2010 19:14 | Last updated by:  SovSong | 25.02.2014 16:16
8.63 (2 votes)
Artistic value: 9.00 (2 votes)
ollectable value: 10.00 (2 votes)
Label quality: 10.00 (2 votes)
Audio quality: 5.50 (2 votes)
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Yuri Bernikov (bernikov)
Do somebody understand the true meaning of the dialog at the very beginning of the song?
I am confused by the intonation and meaning of Mr. Brown's answer "It's OK" - this way people usually reply on excuses...
  13.04.2010 14:20
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(Yuru SPb)

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According to the radio broadcast "Meeting with a Song"
this foxtrot is performed by Hans Bund orchestra (German group). May be they did not know all the minutest details...
(translated from Russian)
  13.04.2010 14:51
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Yuri Bernikov (bernikov)
They new them very well!
The scene was played absolutely perfectly, with neither accent nor falsity! However, there is a feeling that the purpose of the dialog is to leave listeners in perplexity...
  13.04.2010 15:20
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Adrian Hindle-Briscall (Adrian)

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"That's OK"
I agree that this phrase seems slightly odd in this context. But the greeting is strung out into a dialogue which is itself rather artificial. The logical reply would be 'Thank you". Perhaps the "that's OK" implies that Mr Brown is a great man, used to being respectfully addressed. Though here there are no other words, this is true in the English words in a 1933 film version, probably based on a German or Austrian original.

Every day in every way, we must obey
Our Mr Brown from London town
What he does and what he says, must be quite OK
To please him, there's only one way

We must say Yes to Mr Brown
No more no less to Mr Brown
He is the great white chief you know
And so no-one must say him No
  09.05.2010 15:54
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Ҹ (xcallibure)

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, , , ... "Zwei Glücliche Herzen". "So küßt man nur Wien". , , - , .
  08.10.2010 22:39
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Raoul Konezni (Konezni)

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This seems to bee an illigal dubbing of Odeon Be 9850 (order no O-11639), recorded 23th of march 1932 in Berlin by Bravour-Tanz-Orchester Hans Bund with an unnamed choir, that sounds just like a group called Sing-Sang Artists, whose rendition is on Parlophon 128295 (later changed to the cheaper Gloria Bi 641).
How do you do Mister Brown uses the same melody as So küßt man nur in Wien, as both are sung in the film musical Ein bißchen Liebe für dich (subtitel: Zwei glückliche Herzen) made by the H. M. company. Premiere took place in Berlin, 3th of march 1932 (according to other sources one day earlier in Wien as Geschäft mit Amerika).
Simultaneously a French version Monsieur, Madame et Bibi was made and premiered 12th of march the same year. Shortly afterwards two remakes appeared: Due cuori felice in Italy and Yes, Mr. Brown in Britain.
The original movie is no masterpiece and perhaps only worth watching because of its musical numbers. The female lead is played and sung by Magda Schneider (today mainly remembered as mother of Romy Schneider), but in both respects exceeded by the now forgotten Lee Parry.
How do you do Mister Brown is carolled succeedingly by the staff of a viennese automobile shop during their bosss arrival. Mr Brown is known to have never been in Europe before. The song doesnt consist of its refrain only as the above record may suggest, but nevertheless doesnt have to be taken too seriously.
  30.01.2013 02:00
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Yuri Bernikov (bernikov)
Thank you, Raoul!
  31.01.2013 00:41
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