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February 10th, 2004

BIG NEW ALBUM NEWS!! @ 06:43 am

arcmorality:
I'm currently feelin: shocked shocked
I'm currently hearin: Blue Sky - Jason Collet

Think this is the best info we've had so far, RE: the new album. I wonder what's happened to Chris Tomas producing it? Unless he's co-producing maybe.

As posted to @u2.com



Paul Sexton

Mercury U.K. joint managing director Steve Lillywhite has left his role with the label to return to his roots in record production. Lillywhite tells Billboard.biz he will take no time off and will begin producing an album by U2 next week. The as-yet-untitled set is due from Interscope/Island later this year.

"It's the first time I'll have gone in to actually start a record with them in 20 years," says Lillywhite. "I worked on The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby and All That You Can't Leave Behind, but this will be the first time I've really set up the mikes and done everything for a long time."

Lillywhite also oversaw the band's first two albums, 1980's Boy and 1981's October. He adds, "I've heard some great songs. The Edge is playing some really great guitar."

The new U2 album will be the follow-up to 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind, which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 4.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set was named best rock album at the 2001 Grammys and placed three tracks in the top-10 of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks airplay chart: "Beautiful Day" (No. 5), "Elevation" (No. 8) and "Walk On" (No. 10).

Lillywhite, one of Britain's top rock producers, has a list of credits that includes the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Morrissey and the Dave Matthews Band. In 2002, he was brought to Universal U.K. by chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge.

"I've had two great years, and I've loved a lot of it," says Lillywhite, "but really I wasn't that made out for getting up early in the morning. That's 25 years of producing records. I got more and more of an urge to be in the studio, so Lucian and I had a chat and decided it was best that I return to that."
 
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 9th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
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They did have Lanois in there listening earlier as well.

Perhaps they felt it best to work with a producer who knew them as a band in addition to someone who could bring more of a fresh spirit to everything?

In any case, his coming in, and having to leave another job to do so, may be the elusive, 'snag'. Maybe.
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From:arcmorality
Date:February 9th, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)

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having to leave another job to do so, may be the elusive, 'snag'.

Aye that's not the kind of thing you make your mind up on, over ye breakfast!

Perhaps they felt it best to work with a producer who knew them as a band in addition to someone who could bring more of a fresh spirit to everything?</>

Yeah, Maybe they thought the direction Chris Thomas was taking the sound in was crap!

Certainly doesn't bode well for an album anytime in the near future.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 9th, 2004 11:12 pm (UTC)

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Upon rereading my comment, I'm going to have to beg you to ignore the massive amount of superfluous commas. It's late. Sorry.

So... assuming Edge has already worked in some producer capacity, we really only need three more people brought in before this can be U2's album version of "This is Your Life".

*looks up Eno's number*
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From:arcmorality
Date:February 9th, 2004 11:20 pm (UTC)

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Nae worries! Its early here. I wouldn't have picked any of it up! Hence my complete bollocks up of my Italic attempt on my last comment!!
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From:canadanne
Date:February 10th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC)

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http://www.u2.com/homepage/news100204_1.html

Maybe it won't cause such a delay after all:

"Producer Steve Lillywhite has joined the production team as the band hit the final stretch in recording the new album."

"'There are various producers involved in this album,' Paul McGuinness told U2.Com, emphasising the organic nature of the recording process. 'Chris Thomas has done some great work. It's good to work with Steve again but it's not as if we're starting from scratch.'"
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From:arcmorality
Date:February 10th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)

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Lets hope it is what PMcG says it is. Still, I don't think U2 have ever brought in another producer like this, a year into the sessions. I was looking forward to hearing the Chris Thomas sound come thro on the album. Hopefully we do still get some of that

Nice to see the band respond to stuff that's being printed on the fansites.
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From:kjackson
Date:February 10th, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC)

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But what's what that title? "...recording hots up"

Craziness.
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From:stateless
Date:February 12th, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC)

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interesting. especially as lillywhite said this: but this will be the first time I've really set up the mikes and done everything for a long time."


hmm.

definitely glad to hear that this is likely the 'snag' and not any 'problem in dublin' like the rumours/speculations have been.

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