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Daniel Lanois: I Look for Commitment and a Lot of Heart and Soul

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Whenever I'm asked to name a list of Top 10 all time favorite records, the list slightly changes and shuffles every time. However, one of the most common denominators to those diverse lists is producer/musician Daniel Lanois. Often called a “studio wizard" or “studio magician," this producer has become renowned both for his proficiency in the studio and his gift for motivating and enabling people to reach new creative heights. Armed with an intuitive combination of emotions and technical proficiency, over the last 30 years he has been involved in some of the most ambitious and progressive new music as ...

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Daniel Lanois: Flesh and Machine

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Credit should be given where it's due. Producer/musician Daniel Lanois has never been satisfied with just keep churning out the same kind of music for the same kind of audience that swooned over his song based records or the productions he did for other artists. As a true artist he wants to evolve and continuously create something different and Flesh and Machine is a move in that direction. Lanois' work cuts a distinctive swath through the last 30 years of electronic, rock and pop music, and unlike the song based records he has been releasing, Flesh and Machine is a ...

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Daniel Lanois: My Music for Billy Bob

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Translating guitarist/producer Daniel Lanois' evocative guitar and ability to create stratified soundscapes into soundtrack music for actor Billy Bob Thornton's directorial debut Sling Blade may seem an unusual choice, but the outcome turns into an interesting and unique blend of his darker, moodier incidental guitar and a variety of other instrumental touches. Lanois' music has always been about mood and ambience and other people have benefited from his unusual gift of capturing or creating all kinds of ambiences. This multitalented musician, thinker and a driving force behind the creation of many great records is a creator of sonic witchcraft. His ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Lanois: Black Dub

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Not even a heavy motorcycle crash accident can prevent Daniel Lanois from doing what he does best, and better than most--making music or helping other people make music. He is simply bulletproof to whatever circumstances slap his face, be they bad or good. During his recovery period, after the intensive care following the accident, he produced Neil Young's stellar and sonically charged Le Noise (Reprise, 20101), wrote his memoirs, Soul Mining (Faber and Faber, 2010), he made his own music with a new band, Black Dub. The devotion and passion he invests in everything he does make him jump over ...

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Daniel Lanois: Acadie Goldtop Edition

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Daniel Lanois Acadie Goldtop Edition Red Floor Records 2008

Although Daniel Lanois' production and engineering wizardry have secured his place in the musical hall of fame, his own debut album Acadie (Warner Bros., 1989) revealed another talent--songwriting. The album is about as perfect a debut as an artist could hope for, containing every single aspect of what makes Lanois so special, presenting him as both a fertile author and a gifted musician.

In the late 1980s, Lanois moved to New Orleans, where he bought a house that he eventually turned ...

DVD/VIDEO/FILM REVIEWS

Daniel Lanois: Here Is What Is

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Daniel Lanois Here Is What Is Red Floor Records 2008

Sharing the Process: The Film

Daniel Lanois' film, Here Is What Is, is one of those miraculous movies, a picture that seems to have come together by laws unto itself. It merely exists, like some inexplicable and wonderful quirk of nature. In an era whose artistic expression has come to be dominated by the stultifying forces of financial and strict mass appeal conservatism, Daniel Lanois reminds us to keep our options open. Envisioned and executed as a travelogue rather than ...

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Daniel Lanois: Belladonna

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Daniel Lanois is doing something truly different in the world of music. His style doesn't really fit in with any genre that can be found at the local music store. Some may call it cosmic, folk, ambient, rock, spiritual, or soul... but the truth is that it is a combination of all these things. He's been heralded as one of the most brilliant producers around, and many musicians have benefited from the alchemic presence of this studio wizard and sonic explorer. Belladonna is Lanois' latest solo effort, but unlike Shine (or Rockets), he delivers a full instrumental ...



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