Thursday, February 14, 2013

Bee Gees: Trafalgar. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

It's Valentine's Day and this record has a terrific song on it called "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart."  The album is Trafalgar by the Bee Gees.  Their 7th studio album - from 1971.  The original artwork surely hangs in a London art gallery.  Not sure why they named this album after the battle of Trafalgar.  This record album is is listed in Robert Dimery's book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The "Battle of Trafalgar (October 1805) was a naval engagement fought by the British Royal Navy against the combined fleets of the French Navy and Spanish Navy, during the War of the Third Coalition (August–December 1805) of the Napoleonic Wars (from 1803–1815).  The battle was the most decisive British naval victory of the war. Twenty-seven British ships of the line led by Admiral (Horatio) Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory defeated thirty-three French and Spanish ships of the line under French Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve off the south-west coast of Spain, just west of Cape Trafalgar.  The Franco-Spanish fleet lost twenty-two ships, without a single British vessel being lost.

Trafalgar is the Bee Gees' ninth album (seventh internationally), released in September 1971 in the US, and November 1971 in the UK.  The album was a moderate hit in the United States, and peaked at #34.  The lead single "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" was the first Bee Gees' #1 single in the United States but failed to chart in Britain as did the album. "Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself" was released as the second single and only reached #57 on the USA charts. "Israel" was only released in the Netherlands and reached #22.

1 comment:

  1. Unlike so many others, I LOVE the Singing Mice!


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