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U2 Consider "Joshua Tree" Producers

September 18, 1998 12:00 AM ET

Figure it'll take at least six months for U2 to count the fifty-million simoleons the group raked when it signed a record deal calling for the release of three "best of" albums. By then, U2 should be ready to get back into the business of making music -- and more money.

When that happens, U2 will likely look to the producer tandem that brought the Irish quartet many of its greatest hits during the Eighties and early Nineties. Though nothing's written in stone, last Saturday in Dublin the band took a preliminary meeting with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, the two architects behind 1991's Achtung Baby, 1988's The Joshua Tree and 1984's The Unforgettable Fire, three of the band's biggest commercial successes. The pair also teamed up for U2's experimental Zooropa (1993) and Eno last worked on the equally-enigmatic Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1 (1995), which featured the producer and all members of U2. Last year's commercial disappointment Pop was produced by Flood.

According to a source close to Lanois, the producers and U2 will meet again some time next month to discuss possible recording locations and recording times for the project. Right now Lanois is on vacation and Eno is busy producing James' forthcoming album, which should be completed by the end of November. A source close to Eno says production on a new U2 album won't begin until at least March.

"We imagine they'll work on it through next year," says the source close to Eno, who added it could take them through the summer to complete the album.

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