Producer Steve Lillywhite has joined the production team as the band hit
the final stretch in recording the new album.

Lillywhite, who produced U2's first three albums and has regularly been
at the desk since, is set to begin work this week and is already
delighted with the material he has heard.

'I've heard some great songs.' he told Billboard. 'The Edge is playing
some really great guitar.'

During 2003, Chris Thomas worked closely with U2 on new material, while
in the autumn, in between his own shows, Daniel Lanois also popped in to
the studio.

'There are various producers involved in this album,' Paul McGuinness
told U2.Com, emphasising the organic nature of the recording process.
'Chris Thomas has done some great work. It's good to work with Steve
again but it's not as if we're starting from scratch.'

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