"Fantastic": Producer Daniel Lanois Discusses New Neil Young Album
Earlier this year, producer Daniel Lanois was involved in a serious motorcycle accident.
Lanois has been in the studio working with Neil Young on his new album and calls it "Fantastic" in a recent interview. From ‘I almost died,’ Daniel Lanois says of motorcycle accident - thestar.com by Nick Patch:
"Hey man, I'm lucky to be alive," Lanois told The Canadian Press on Tuesday in a telephone interview from California, where he's recuperating.
"It could have been spinal. Luckily, I was wearing a full-face helmet. It could have been a head injury. It could have been anything.
"I almost died."
Still, the accident didn't keep from him resuming work on Neil Young's latest album, which Lanois says is 'fantastic.'
'We followed a simple philosophy: it's a solo record,' he said of the latest work from the legendary Toronto-born rocker, which Lanois says will be out in late fall. 'So it does not have a band, but it's rocking. And he's really come in with the songs, they're terrific. I dare say it might be some of his best work in some time. We've really hit the motherlode.
'I've worked with Neil over the years in small doses . . . but we had never done something together from scratch. So let me put it this way: There's an automatic communication system that exists between two Canadian dogs. It's been a lot of fun, and we're very dedicated, and I think I finally met my match.'
Lanois sounds relieved to be back to work. In fact, he resumed work on Young's record almost immediately upon returning home from intensive care.
Never one to waste much time, Lanois certainly isn't going to start now.
'I've always tried to make every minute count,' he said. 'But maybe that thought applies more now than it did before.'
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