Category: genesis

On this day in music history: July 19, 1986 – …

On this day in music history: July 19, 1986 – “Invisible Touch” by Genesis hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, it is the biggest hit for the progressive rock band from Godalming, Surrey, UK. While his third solo album “No Jacket Required” is still riding high in the charts, Phil Collins re-joins his Genesis bandmates keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford in the Fall of 1985 to begin work on the follow up to their previous album “Genesis”, released two years earlier. Recording at their studio The Farm in Chiddingfold, Surrey, the idea for what will become “Invisible Touch”, evolves out of an in studio jam session while the band are working on the track “The Last Domino”. Rutherford begins playing the songs signature riff as Collins improvises the line “she seems to have an invisible touch”. Realizing they’re on to something, they begin crafting a song around those parts. The trio agree that it is a hit, deciding that it not only will it be the title track of their next album, but be released as its first single. Issued on May 19, 1986, “Invisible Touch” is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #45 on May 31, 1986, it climbs to the top of the chart seven weeks later. The week that “Invisible Touch” tops the US singles charts, Genesis’ former lead singer Peter Gabriel move up to number two on the Hot 100 with “Sledgehammer”. It marks the first time in Billboard chart history that a band and one of its former members have held down the top two positions on the Hot 100. Gabriel succeeds Genesis at the top of the chart the following week on July 26, 1986, giving him his highest charting single in the US as well. “Touch” is also released with an extended 12" version, remixed by John “Tokes” Potoker (also having previously remixed Collins’ “Sussudio” and Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”). In the UK, Virgin Records issues a limited edition 7" vinyl single of the song pressed on clear vinyl with custom labels, and packaged in a die cut fold out sleeve. “Invisible Touch” is the first of five consecutive top five singles to be released from the album, helping propel it to over 6x Platinum status in the US.

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On this day in music history: June 9, 1986 – &…

On this day in music history: June 9, 1986 – “Invisible Touch”, the thirteenth studio album by Genesis is released. Produced by Genesis and Hugh Padgham, it is recorded at The Farm in Chiddingfold, Surrey, UK from October 1985 – March 1986. Coming three years after their last studio album, and released on the heels of Phil Collins’ massively successful “No Jacket Required”, it becomes the veteran progressive rock bands biggest selling album. Beginning the sessions in the Fall of 1985 at the band’s recording studio in Surrey, the majority of the songs are written in the studio, literally throwing ideas around and seeing what they come up with. Much of the album is more pop oriented and radio friendly than their previous efforts, and spins off five top five singles in the US including “Land Of Confusion” (#4 Pop), “In Too Deep” (#3 Pop), “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” (#3 Pop), “Throwing It All Away” (#4 Pop), and the chart topping title track. The band also embarks on an extensive ten month long world tour in support of the album running from September 1986 until July 1987. A concert video from the “Invisible Tour” (“Genesis Live At Wembley Stadium”) is released in 1988 and re-released on DVD in 2003. The music video for “Land Of Confusion” featuring puppet caricatures of Genesis along with other celebrity caricatures designed by the British comedy series “Spitting Image”, win the band and directors John Lloyd & Jim Yukich a Grammy Award for Best Concept Music Video in 1988. In 2007, a two disc high resolution SACD and DVD set (super audio compact disc) featuring both stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of the album is released. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2016. “Invisible Touch” spend four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: June 1, 1982 – &…

On this day in music history: June 1, 1982 – “Three Sides Live” by Genesis is released. Produced by Genesis, it is recorded at The Lyceum Ballroom in London on May 6, 1980, Savoy Theatre in New York on November 28, 1981, Nassau Coliseum in Nassau, L.I., NY on November 29, 1981, and National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK on December 23, 1981. The double LP is recorded live on the UK and US legs of their world tour in support of the “Abacab” album (The UK version includes two tracks dating back to tours in 1976 and 1978). The US and some European pressings of the album include new material recorded in the studio (initially released in the UK as the EP “3 x 3”), including the single “Paperlate” (#10 UK, #32 US Pop). Several shows on the tour are filmed for released for an accompanying concert video (taken mostly from the Nassau Coliseum shows) is released on VHS and laserdisc in late 1982 (reissued on DVD in 1991 and 2009). “Three Sides Live” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 23, 1978 -…

On this day in music history: March 23, 1978 – “…And Then There Were Three…”, the ninth studio album by Genesis is released in the US (UK release is on April 7, 1978). Produced by David Hentschel and Genesis, it is recorded from September – October 1977 at Relight Studios in Hilvarenbeek, NL. The albums’ title refers to the departure of guitar Steve Hackett who quits prior to the recording sessions, reducing Genesis to a trio of drummer and lead vocalist Phil Collins, guitarist and bassist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks. The album also sees them bridging the gap between their earlier progressive rock roots, moving toward more tightly structured pop songs. It is their most successful release to date, spinning off two singles including their first US hit “Follow You, Follow Me” (#23 Pop). “ First released on CD in 1987, it is remastered and reissued in 1994, and again in 2007, with the latter release also being issued as a hybrid SACD + DVD. The SACD contains a high definition remaster of the stereo mix, while the DVD features a 5.1 surround remix of the album. The DVD also includes original music videos, new interviews with the members of Genesis, a vintage documentary from the band’s 1978 tour, and still photos from the era. …And Then There Were Three” peaks at number three on the UK album chart, number fourteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: November 18, 197…

On this day in music history: November 18, 1974 – “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”, the sixth album by Genesis is released. Produced by Genesis and John Burns, it is recorded at Island Mobile Studios in Wales, UK from August – October 1974. The twenty three track double LP is a concept album centering around the character Rael and his surreal odyssey while searching for his brother John. The majority of the songs are written by the band with the exception of Peter Gabriel who is largely absent from the writing and rehearsal sessions due to his wife experiencing major complications while having their first child. When Gabriel returns, he’ll insist on writing and in some cases re-writing lyrics to certain songs which creates friction between band members during the recording sessions. It becomes their most successful release to date in the US, and is regarded as one of the best progressive rock albums of all time. It also is the final album to feature original lead vocalist Peter Gabriel, who leaves the band following the subsequent tour in support of the record. Originally issued on CD in 1985, it is remastered and reissued in 1994. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued as a double vinyl 180 gram LP in 2001. The album is reissued again in 2007 as a double hybrid SACD + DVD set (Europe only, then Japan in 2009), remixing it into 5.1 surround sound. Along with the multi-channel mix, the DVD disc also includes interviews with Genesis and a rare television appearance from 1974. The set comes packaged in a 5" x 5" hardbound book sleeve. “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” peaks at number ten on the UK album chart, number forty one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: October 3, 1983 …

On this day in music history: October 3, 1983 – “Genesis”, the twelfth album by Genesis is released. Produced by Genesis and Hugh Padgham, it is recorded at The Farm in Chiddingfold, Surrey, UK from May – August 1983. Following the successful tour and subsequent live album “Three Sides Live”, the band return to the studio for the first time in two years to record the follow up to “Abacab”. For the first time, all three members co-write every song together, rather than bringing finished material into the studio to record. Hugh Padgham also moves into the role as co-producer, with the band following his initial work with Genesis as a recording engineer on “Abacab”, and on Phil Collins’ first two solo albums. The album is also referred to by fans as “The Mama Album”, which becomes the bands highest charting UK single, “Shapes” or “Yellow Shapes” because of the yellow Tupperware “Shape O Toy Ball” plastic shapes featured on the cover artwork. It becomes their most successful album to date, spinning off four singles including “That’s All” (#6 US Pop, #16 UK), and “Mama” (#4 UK, #73 US Pop).  In 2007, the album is remastered and reissued on CD, and features a bonus DVD with the music videos for all of the singles, with the audio remixed into 5.1 surround. The video also includes vintage footage of Genesis rehearsing for the “Mama Tour” mounted in support of the album. “Genesis” is also reissued on vinyl in Europe in November of 2013 to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of its original release. “Genesis” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: September 14, 19…

On this day in music history: September 14, 1981 – “Abacab”, the eleventh studio album by Genesis is released. Produced by Genesis, it is recorded at The Farm in Chiddingfold, Surrey, UK from May – June 1981. The album continue the bands move away from their original progressive rock sound toward a more accessible mainstream rock sound (as on their previous album “Duke”). During the sessions, the band actually discard a full albums worth of material when they feel it too closely resembles what they’ve done before. As on Collins’ solo debut “Face Value”, Genesis also augment their sound with Earth, Wind & Fire’s horn section The Phenix Horns (on the track “No Reply At All). Initially, the change in musical direction is not a welcome change to some of the bands longtime fans, but widens their fan base, especially in the US. Three songs from the recording sessions “Paperlate”, “Me And Virgil”, and “You Might Recall” are left off the album and later released in the UK as the EP “3 x 3”, and in the US and other territories on the album “Three Sides Live”. “Abacab” is even more successful than its predecessor, spinning off four singles including “No Reply At All” (#29 Pop), “Man On The Corner” (#40 Pop), and the title track (#26 Pop). The albums cover art designed by artist Bill Smith comes in four color variations with the artwork and title graphics embossed on the initial pressings. The album is remastered and reissued in 1994, then again in 2007, CD + DVD set. The DVD disc features a newly remix 5.1 surround version of the album, with four music videos, interviews and a still photos gallery. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Rhino Records in 2015. “Abacab” peaks at number seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: July 19, 1986 – …

On this day in music history: July 19, 1986 – “Invisible Touch” by Genesis hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, it is the biggest hit for the progressive rock band from Godalming, Surrey, UK. While his third solo album “No Jacket Required” is still riding high in the charts, Phil Collins re-joins his Genesis band mates keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford in the Fall of 1985 to begin work on the follow up to their previous album “Genesis”, released two years earlier. Recording at their studio The Farm in Chiddingfold, Surrey, the idea for what will become “Invisible Touch”, evolves out of an in studio jam session while the band are working on the track “The Last Domino”. Rutherford begins playing the songs signature riff as Collins improvises the line “she seems to have an invisible touch”. Realizing they’re on to something, they begin crafting a song around those parts. The trio agree that it is a hit, deciding that it not only will it be the title track of their next album, but be released as its first single. Issued on May 19, 1986, “Invisible Touch” is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #45 on May 31, 1986, it climbs to the top of the chart seven weeks later. The week that “Invisible Touch” tops the US singles charts, Genesis’ former lead singer Peter Gabriel move up to number two on the Hot 100 with “Sledgehammer”. It marks the first time in Billboard chart history that a band and one of its former members have held down the top two positions on the Hot 100. Gabriel succeeds Genesis at the top of the chart the following week on July 26, 1986, giving him his highest charting single in the US as well. “Touch” is also released with an extended 12" version, remixed by John “Tokes” Potoker (also having previously remixed Collins’ “Sussudio” and Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”). In the UK, Virgin Records issues a limited edition 7" vinyl single of the song pressed on clear vinyl with custom labels, and packaged in a die cut fold out sleeve. “Invisible Touch” is the first of five consecutive top five singles to be released from the album, helping propel it to over 6x Platinum status in the US.

On this day in music history: June 9, 1986 – &…

On this day in music history: June 9, 1986 – “Invisible Touch”, the thirteenth studio album by Genesis is released. Produced by Genesis and Hugh Padgham, it is recorded at The Farm in Chiddingfold, Surrey, UK from October 1985 – March 1986. Coming three years after their last studio album, and released on the heels of Phil Collins’ massively successful “No Jacket Required”, it becomes the veteran progressive rock bands biggest selling album. Beginning the sessions in the Fall of 1985 at the band’s recording studio in Surrey, the majority of the songs are written in the studio, literally throwing ideas around and seeing what they come up with. Much of the album is more pop oriented and radio friendly than their previous efforts, and spins off five top five singles in the US including “Land Of Confusion” (#4 Pop), “In Too Deep” (#3 Pop), “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” (#3 Pop), “Throwing It All Away” (#4 Pop), and the chart topping title track. The band also embarks on an extensive ten month long world tour in support of the album running from September 1986 until July 1987. A concert video from the “Invisible Tour” (“Genesis Live At Wembley Stadium”) is released in 1988 and re-released on DVD in 2003. The music video for “Land Of Confusion” featuring puppet caricatures of Genesis along with other celebrity caricatures designed by the British comedy series “Spitting Image”, win the band and directors John Lloyd & Jim Yukich a Grammy Award for Best Concept Music Video in 1988. In 2007, a two disc high resolution SACD and DVD set (super audio compact disc) featuring both stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of the album is released. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2016. “Invisible Touch” spend four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: June 1, 1982 – &…

On this day in music history: June 1, 1982 – “Three Sides Live” by Genesis is released. Produced by Genesis, it is recorded at The Lyceum Ballroom in London on May 6, 1980, Savoy Theatre in New York on November 28, 1981, Nassau Coliseum in Nassau, L.I., NY on November 29, 1981, and National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK on December 23, 1981. The double LP is recorded live on the UK and US legs of their world tour in support of the “Abacab” album (The UK version includes two tracks dating back to tours in 1976 and 1978). The US and some European pressings of the album include new material recorded in the studio (initially released in the UK as the EP “3 x 3”), including the single “Paperlate” (#10 UK, #32 US Pop). Several shows on the tour are filmed for released for an accompanying concert video (taken mostly from the Nassau Coliseum shows) is released on VHS and laserdisc in late 1982 (reissued on DVD in 1991 and 2009). “Three Sides Live” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.