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Invisible Touch

Invisible Touch is the thirteenth studio album by the English rock band Genesis, released on 6 June 1986 by Atlantic Records in the United States and 9 June 1986 by Charisma and Virgin Records in the United Kingdom. After taking a break in group 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 through group improvisations and no material developed prior to recording was used. Invisible Touch was a worldwide success and reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 3 on the US 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 UK and 6 million sold in the US. Genesis became the first band and foreign act to have five top five singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, with "Invisible Touch" being their first and only song to reach No. 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. In 2007, the album was re-released with 5.1 surround sound mixes. After wrapping up the Mama Tour in February 1984 to support Genesis, the band took a break in activity to allow each member to continue with their respective solo careers. Mike Rutherford formed his group Mike + The Mechanics, Tony Banks worked on his second album of soundtrack material titled Soundtracks, Phil Collins released his third solo album No Jacket Required which achieved significant worldwide success. In a June 1985 interview, Collins spoke of the band's intention to start work on the next Genesis album that October; this put an end to a false announcement. To Rutherford, the break in group activity had an effect on Genesis's musical style: "We had done so much work outside the band, it seemed we had gone through a lot more musical changes, although the development is unconscious".

The album was written and mixed at the band's own recording studio named The Farm in Chiddingfold, from October 1985 to February 1986. The group were joined by engineer and co-producer Hugh Padgham, who had worked with the band since Abacab. Earlier in 1985, the studio was upgraded to a plan supervised by Masami "Sam" Toyishima. Having achieved their greatest commercial success with Genesis, Banks said that the group approached the writing sessions for Invisible Touch with a greater sense of confidence as they had become a big live act in the US, reached a new level of commercial success worldwide; as with their previous album the band entered the studio with no preconceived ideas, leaving them to develop songs through jamming and improvisations recorded onto cassette tape, a process Collins compared to as "close to jazz". The group had considered their strongest songs were those written collectively, so they repeated this process for Invisible Touch. Collins said: "You never quite know. It's just the three of us chopping away, fine-tuning and honing down all these ideas."

A typical writing session would start with Collins setting up a drum pattern on their drum machine, leaving Banks and Rutherford to play any idea and Collins singing vocal ideas, which creates an atmosphere to a song. Collins recalled his impetuous attitude during the writing sessions and suggested to piece bits of songs together early, towards which Banks and Rutherford expressed reluctance; the group were left with many ideas to work with as a result, with many strong ideas thrown out. Many of the songs on the album evolved from Banks using the E-mu Emulator to record sounds in the room and listen back for ideas that could be used for a song, its recording function allowed just 17 seconds to be recorded. After some jam sessions had been put to tape the band listened back to them, picking out the strongest moments and tried to arrange them into a song, they might discuss its potential length or whether to write lyrics for it or leave it as an instrumental. The lyrics for a track were written.

Collins wrote the words for "Invisible Touch", "Tonight, Tonight", "In Too Deep". Banks wrote for "Domino" and "Anything She Does"; the group came up with a greater number of songs for Invisible Touch which required time to select a final track listing. This was not the case with Genesis, as Banks said that "if a song was around, we put it on". Rutherford noted that Genesis had a dark mood to it. During the writing sessions Collins realised the band were coming up with fresh and unique material that it had not done before, "which is not easy after 15 albums", considered them stronger than those on Genesis. Banks maintained this view, thinking the shorter tracks on Invisible Touch were stronger than the previous album. Collins revealed that at no time did the band record their parts together as a playing unit, he would sing a guide vocal with Banks and Rutherford playing guide piano and guitar parts but each instrumental part would be re-recorded, with his drums put down last. "Invisible Touch" originated as the band were working on "The Last Domino", the second part of "Domino".

During the session Rutherford began to play an improvised guitar riff with an added echo effect, to which Collins replied with the off-the-cuff lyric, "She seems to have an invisible touch, yeah". This led to C

USNS City of Bismarck

USNS City of Bismarck, is the ninth Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport and operated by the Military Sealift Command. The name was announced as Bismarck, it is the first ship in naval service named after North Dakota's capital city. The keel was laid on 18 January 2017. Former state Attorney General, long time Bismarck resident and retired Navy officer Robert O. Wefald represented North Dakota at the keel laying ceremony, he welded his initials into a steel plate. On 7 June 2017, USNS City of Bismarck was launched at Austal USA in Alabama; the City of Bismarck completed acceptance trials on 20 October 2017 and its delivery was accepted by the U. S. Navy on 19 December 2017. Media related to USNS City of Bismarck at Wikimedia Commons

Michael Burke (Australian politician)

Michael Burke was an Irish-born Australian politician. He was born at Ireland, to farmer Thomas Burke and Annie, née Quirke, he worked as a labourer and union organiser. Around 1900 he married Lucy Agnes Lloyd, he was active in local politics, serving on Sydney City Council from 1909 to 1912 and from 1913 to 1927. He had been a foundation member of the Labor Party and served on its central executive from 1904 to 1913 and from 1915 to 1917. In 1917 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the member for Belmore. With the introduction of proportional representation in 1920 he was elected as one of the members for Sydney. After single-member districts were re-introduced in 1927 he was elected as the member for Phillip, but he retired in 1930. Burke died at Summer Hill in 1937