On this day in 1986: Genesis scored their fourth U.K. #1 album with their 13th studio album ‘Invisible Touch’. It remained in the charts for 96 weeks, making it the most commercially successful album of their career, eventually selling over 15 million copies worldwide and produced five U.S. Top 5 singles, including the title track.
After taking a break in band activity for each member to continue with their solo projects in 1984, the band reconvened in October 1985 to write and record Invisible Touch with engineer and producer Hugh Padgham. As with their previous album, it was written entirely through group improvisations and no material developed prior to recording was used.
Invisible Touch was a worldwide success and reached #1 on the U.K. Album Chart and #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200. It remains the band’s highest selling album after it was certified multi-platinum for over 1.2 million copies sold in the U.K. and 6 million sold in the U.S. Genesis became the first band and foreign act to have five top five singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, with ‘Invisible Touch’ being their first and only song to reach #1 on the charts. The album received mixed reviews upon its release and retrospectively, with several reviews, both positive and negative, observing its similarity to Collins’s solo records and their commercial pop-oriented sound.