deutsches album is the the German language vocal version of Peter Gabriel’s self-titled fourth solo album.
Peter had wanted to explore recording the album in a different language, so made contact with his then record company to gauge interest:
“I wrote to the French, Italian, German and Spanish labels, saying I wanted to experiment creating a version of my album in another language. The only label to show any interest was the German, hence the choice.
It also gave me a chance to try new mixing and remixing approaches, with some new overdubs and to take another look at the lyrics through the process of translation with Horst Konigstein, with whom I spent a long time going through layers of meaning in the new language – I also insisted on having the German lyrics independently translated back to English.”
Co-produced by Peter and David Lord this is the first album where Peter really immersed himself in the music of distant lands and cultures. It was also his first fully digital recording. These two elements created a deeply effective soldering-together of futurism and generations-old tradition.