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Invisible Touch


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  • Genesis: Phil Collins (vocals, drums, percussion); Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass); Tony Banks (keyboards, synthesizer, bass).
  • Recorded at the Farm, Surrey, England in 1985 & 1986.
  • Personnel: Tony Banks (vocals, keyboards, bass synthesizer); Phil Collins (vocals, drums, percussion); Mike Rutherford (guitar).
  • Recording information: Farm Surrey (1985-1986); Farm, Surrey, England (1985-1986); The Farm Surrey (1985-1986).
  • Photographer: John Swannell.
  • When Genesis reconvened to record 1986's INVISIBLE TOUCH, Phil Collins had a thriving solo career in both music and film, Tony Banks was recording movie scores, and Mike Rutherford was doing well in Mike & the Mechanics. Though it may have seemed impossible for the band to do better as a unit, this record spun off five Top 5 hits including the chart-topping title track. By tapping into a baby-boomer market that had lots of disposable income, Genesis became an adult contemporary god.
  • INVISIBLE TOUCH represented the perfect hybrid that Genesis had been striving for: a pop sound mated with prog-rock flair. "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" demonstrated this perfectly. Despite being over eight minutes long, the topic of dysfunctional relationships had enough universal appeal in it to be used in a beer commercial. "Land of Confusion," a straightforward number commenting on the pervasive greed of the '80s was one of the album's hit singles along with the soft-rock ballad "Throwing It All Away." The Domino Suite ("In the Glow of the Night," "The Last Domino") may have been a nod to the band's more progressive past, but the sweeping instrumental, "The Brazilian," truly harkened back to Genesis' art-rock glory days.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (3/01, p.82) - "...The production is so mid-'80s - it was nevertheless impossible to go anywhere for a good 12 months without hearing 'Invisible Touch', 'Land Of Confusion', 'In Too Deep' or 'Tonight Tonight Tonight'....the result rarely sounds anything less than ruthless in its commercialism."
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