- Albin J. Zak III
(b Hull, QC, Sept 19, 1951). Canadian recording engineer, producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Lanois began his career working with his brother, Bob, in a home studio in Ancaster, Ontario. The brothers later launched Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. Lanois’s early collaborations included such Canadian acts as Martha and the Muffins, the Parachute Club, and Raffi. In the early 1980s, Lanois began a fruitful partnership with Brian Eno. The two worked initially on Eno’s On Land (1982), and then collaborated with composer Harold Budd on The Pearl (1984).
The blend of Eno’s ambient sensibility and Lanois’s folk-rock leanings found its greatest commercial success in their long collaboration with the Irish band, U2, beginning with The Unforgettable Fire (1984) and including The Joshua Tree (1987), Achtung Baby (1991), All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000), and No Line On the Horizon...