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Invisible Touch [Import]

GenesisAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

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The Genesis of the Seventies was a very different group from the Genesis of the Eighties and the Nineties - although not as different as some people would like to think.
Most of those who picked up on Genesis during the Eighties as their succession of hits encircled the globe had only the haziest idea of what had gone before. “In the later years there were people coming to our ... Read more in Amazon's Genesis Store

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  • Audio CD (January 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There no doubt exists a school of rock purists who consider Invisible Touch the album where Genesis officially kissed street credibility goodbye and said hello to beer commercial anthems and puppet extravaganza videos. True, perhaps, but on the other hand, it's great to sing along to a good pop song, too. And this record has good pop songs in spades, from rock-solid I'm-not-so-tough-I-can't-cry-style tearjerkers ("In Too Deep," "Throwing It All Away") to zingy, gurgly pop confections ("Land of Confusion," "Anything She Does"). A few slightly more sprawling tracks are also included ("Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," "Domino," and the instrumental "The Brazilian"), but compared to the band's earlier attempt at art-rock opuses, even these feel a bit candy coated. We are talking about 1987, after all. Thin synth lines weren't retro. They just were. And we loved it. --Bob Michaels

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The new live album from Jay Gordon and The Penetrators shows how great this power trio is in front of an audience at the Screaming Chicken, an old roadhouse in San Bernardino. The group covers eight standards from the rock and blues worlds including Willie Dixon's Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, White Rabbit, Grand Funk's Heartbreaker, Honky Tonk Women, Runaway, Rock Me, That Was Yesterday and Marshall Tucker's Can't You See.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best in breed - and aging well! August 25, 2005
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It's easy to kick Phil Collins around, Lord knows, making him out to be a sap-meister, or worse yet, a corporate shill. But "Invisible Touch" is the moment in between the end of Genesis as prog-rock pioneeers and the ascendancy of Collins as soft-rock staple (and all the baggage that brings) where Collins actually truly shines. Having listened to this album for the first time in nearly a decade, I am eerily surprised at how good this album still sounds. "Land of Confusion", which at time of release could be deemed a bit over-the-top, sounds far more relevant today than ever. The men of steel, the men of power, are losing control by the hour, indeed.

But the real highlight, apart from "Land of Confusion" and "Domino", is actually the balladeering, which - after this album for Collins - just becomes overly saccharine. There's some transcendent quality to both "In Too Deep" and "Throwing it All Away" that save them from the schlock factor of that horrific Tarzan song. When Collins sings "Who will light up the darkness/Who will hold your hand/Who will find you the answers/When you don't understand", it's done in a way that is simple and effective, and not the amp-the-hystrionics-up-to-level-11 way. And it's actually quite lovely, really.

Chalk it up to the playing power of Banks and Rutherford - and to the perfect amount of restraint. It succeeds quite amply, and for the AOR genre, this is clearly best-of-breed.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Genesis released "Invisible Touch" in mid-1986, and what an incredible album it is, once again putting their one-of-a-kind knack for powerful, intelligent music on full display.

Phil Collins was a full-blown superstar at this point. His 1985 solo album "No Jacket Required" had been a huge smash, and in addition to the hit singles from that album, he scored smash hits with the 1984 soundtrack song "Against All Odds", as well as his 1984 Philip Bailey duet "Easy Lover". However, the superstardom didn't throw Phil off track in the slightest as far as continuing to make great music was concerned. I want to add also that Phil Collins is NOT running the show alone on here--keyboardist Tony Banks is a genius, and his distinctive compositional brilliance and masterful keyboard layers are all over such tracks as "Tonight Tonight Tonight" and "The Brazilian".

Again, this album was produced by Genesis & Hugh Padgham, and without a doubt, the production is slick, but to excellent effect--the album packs a load of punch, & their compositional creativity is still in full force, which is saying a lot. It's simply hard to get away from using words such as "dramatic" and "arresting" when talking about this album. No one should be ashamed to like this music.

Yes, the album opening title track is a somewhat sugary pop song, but it's still a lot of fun with its tunefulness & catchy riff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The genius of Genesis December 13, 2005
By Kid A
Format:Audio CD
Alright, I admit I'm not a huge fan of latter day Genesis. As a relative youngin', I started getting into Genesis between Abacab and their 1983 self-titled release. I got into them by breaking my teeth on their progressive masterpieces from the '70s -- Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb. That era marked the imaginative, creative peak of Genesis as master songwriters and musicians whose capabilities transcended music and delved into areas of experimentation few dared to travel.

When the '80s rolled around and Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett had left, Genesis decided it was time to shed their past and move into the future. At that time, that consisted of synthesizers, electric drums and the like.

With a past the likes of what Genesis had, the brilliant, complex compositions and flowery lyrical tales, who was better suited to create catchy hooks that translate into top 40 hits? These guys had years of experience at this.

If Invisible Touch had been released by any pop-group du-jour, it probably would have been lauded as one of the greatest pop albums of all time. Since this particular album was released by a band called "Genesis" that had an extremely loyal and long time audience, many dismissed it as trash. The fact is, though, that all the incredible artistry that defined Genesis was in full play here. These guys are true masters of their art. Their art is music. Not progressive monster masterpieces, not pop prowess, but music, plain and simple. And Genesis is right up there with the best, regardless of the genre they are working within at the time.

In some other reviews, I saw some bashing Invisible Touch as selling out (recall the beer commercials?). You know what?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this is what I call music!! A must have! June 7, 2004
By Bastos
Format:Audio CD
Man, I never gets tired of listen this album. By the way, I have it in vynil, and now I bought the CD release!! This is nothing less than good music made by very good musicians. Invisible Touch and Land of Confusion makes me go out of the chair and dance!! Breathtaking! there are awesome music for the whole release, like the excellent Throwing It All Away and the slow In Too Deep! I also consider Tonight, Tonight, Tonight, besides it's a little longer, but very good! Domino are Genesis back to prog with a pop mix, a very good one and The Brazillian is great too, instead of have nothing to do with the country of the title. If I would make a list of the best pop albums made in the last century, I would put Invisible Touch between the top 10 ones, for sure!! Buy this one, and get amazed by the beat of Genesis! Too bad we don't have too much pop albums like this, these days, but at least they decided to remaster and release these ones from Genesis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice album
The album had many catchy and memorable songs.the only song I didn't enjoy much is anything she does. Read more
Published 1 month ago by salima
5.0 out of 5 stars She Loved it
It was a gift to my wife it's a group she loves. The CD came on time and was packaged properly. She enjoys listening to this alblum many times over, Thanks
Published 13 months ago by Charles K. Gorga
5.0 out of 5 stars Gensis
Published 14 months ago by Melissa G. Kobelka
5.0 out of 5 stars import dvd made up for it.
this is indeed audiophile sound, i heard it twice . nothing sounds better than this. im glad I made the right choice getting the import version instead of the rhino version.
Published 14 months ago by cool j
5.0 out of 5 stars vinyl rules
I have the CD version, but it has a lot of scratches. I found the vinyl version here at Amazon from sparkydiscs new and still sealed for $12.00. Read more
Published 15 months ago by sunderwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Hubby loves it!
Bought this for my husband who loves it. It is classic Genesis so if you like their music you should enjoy the CD. This is an original CD not some cheap re-print, so to speak. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dawn R. MacKey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Cheap CD, Quality is great, very happy buyer! will do more business sometime soon. good good good good good good
Published 15 months ago by Cory P DiDonato
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Album
I know... not much people like this album, but it brings me back to my childhood. now in 5.1 it is amazing. love it
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Thats It
Alright i have to write a review for this album and post it on every 1980's Genesis release. First and foremost i do prefer the 1970's Genesis over their 80's and 90's work i own... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rocky G
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early Genesis
This is one of my favourite albums from Genesis, and I loved it. All the songs are easy to listen and sing to. Highly recommended.
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