Daniel Lanois Is More Than Just A Legendary Producer : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN In this session, Lanois shares stories about his new album, Heavy Sun, and we'll look back on some classic albums from Bob Dylan, U2, Willie Nelson and more, that he has helped make.
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Daniel Lanois on World Cafe

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Daniel Lanois Is More Than Just A Legendary Producer

Daniel Lanois Is More Than Just A Legendary Producer

Daniel Lanois on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Dance On"
  • "Tumbling Stone"
  • "Angels Watching"
  • "Out Of Sight"

It's not every day you get to sit down with a musical genius. Daniel Lanois has worked on some of the most beloved albums of the last 40 years: Peter Gabriel's So; U2's The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby; Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind. Most producers would die happy to have touched the controls on just one of these records.

But Lanois is not just a producer. He's also an artist in his own right. His new album, Heavy Sun, focuses on his love of gospel music; during a time that's been filled with so much despair, it's the kind of album that can interject a little hope, a little light, into our lives.

When I connected with Lanois for this interview, he was in his Toronto studio, just out of sight, playing piano. It says a little bit about his tireless work ethic that he'd be sneaking in a chance to lay down another track. He'll share stories about the new album, and we'll look back on some classic albums he helped make.

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