ein deutsches album is the German language vocal version of Peter Gabriel’s self-titled third 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.”
Whilst the English language version of the album was produced by Steve Lillywhite, this German version was produced by Peter and engineered by Colin Green.