"Biko" is a protest song by English rock musician Peter Gabriel. The song was included on Gabriel's third album, Peter Gabriel (1980). It is about Steve Biko, a noted black South African anti-apartheid activist.
The album contains two of Gabriel's most famous songs, the U.K. Top 10 hit "Games Without Frontiers" and the political song "Biko", about the late anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko.
This album is often referred to as "Melt" due to its cover photograph by Hipgnosis.
After three eponymous discs noteworthy for their thematic richness and musical experimentation, Peter Gabriel yielded to conventional wisdom by actually titling this 1982 successor. In every other respect, however, Security was another stride beyond the progressive rock terrain Gabriel had explored from Genesis forward. Most crucially, he goes deeper into the heart of world music, and further investigates the African sources first invoked on the prior album's magisterial track, "Biko." …
Ein deutsches album (English: A German album), released in July 1980, is a German language version of Peter Gabriel's third album, Peter Gabriel (1980). The record was released in Germany two months after the standard English language version. The German market was given a foretaste of the album with a February 1980 single that likewise contained German language versions of "Games Without Frontiers" and "Here Comes the Flood."
The main difference between ein deutsches album and the international version of Peter Gabriel is mainly that Gabriel redid all of his vocals in German. Since the vocals were overdubbed on top of the instrumental and backing vocal tracks, there are few other differences. However, alternate takes of some of the instruments seem to have been used occasionally, and the mix is somewhat different.
The German lyrics are more or less straight translations from the English. Two years later, Gabriel released deutsches album (1982), a significantly altered version of his fourth album Peter Gabriel (1982) (Security in North America).
The vinyl and CD versions do contain one minor anomaly, in that "Start" (the third track of the English language version) became the beginning of the German version of "I Don't Remember," rather than simply being the track that preceded it. Consequently, "Frag mich nicht immer" has the playing time of "Start" plus "I Don't Remember" from the English language version. In addition, the African song sung at the beginning and end of "Biko" is different from the English language version. The background vocals in "Biko" are different with an added, very noticeable, higher harmony than in the English version, that sounds more like a doubling with one harmony. Wikipedia
A little bit more of PG's non-LP stuff…
Благотворительный сингл, вышедший в 1987 в поддержку африканских фондов.
Passion is in actuality Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film The Last Temptation of Christ, retitled as a result of legal barriers; regardless of its name, however, there's no mistaking the record's stirring power. Like much of Gabriel's solo work, the album is a product of his continuing fascination with world music, which he employs here to create an exceptionally beautiful and atmospheric tapestry of sound perfectly evocative of the film's resonant spiritual drama; inspired by field recordings collected in areas as diverse as Turkey, Senegal, and Egypt, Passion achieves a cumulative effect clearly Middle Eastern in origin, yet its brilliant fusion of ancient and modern musics ultimately transcends both geography and time. Remarkably dramatic, even visual, it is not only Gabriel's best film work but deserving of serious consideration as his finest music of any kind; equally worthwhile is Passion – Sources, which assembles the original native recordings which served as his creative launching pad.