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Sum of the Parts DVD

Review by Gary Hill

I guess how you feel about this documentary will have a lot to do with which period of Genesis’ career you like the best. If you are mostly attracted to the commercial era of the band, you will probably love this. For those who are more interested in Genesis for the progressive rock side, you’ll find plenty of things to quibble about. The focus here is definitely more on the commercial side of the band. There are some really large omissions in the process. For instance, there is discussion of the solo careers of several of the guys, but they completely ignore the solo works of both Steve Hackett and Simon Phillips. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool to have this documentary. It’s also cool to see the new joint interview, essentially reuniting Peter Gabriel, Hackett, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. I just wish this had been more of a comprehensive documentary. Still, it’s worth having for Genesis collectors. Those looking for an (albeit flawed) overview of the career of Genesis and some of their history will like this, too. It’s good, but far from great.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2015  Volume 1 at

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