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'Genesis - Sum of the Parts' (Blu ray)
(Genesis / Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Eagle Vision)

Overview: 'Sum Of The Parts' is the official authorized story of Genesis made with the full co-operation of the band members. It tells of the band's formation at Charterhouse (where Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford were all pupils) in the late sixties and the release of their debut album From Genesis To Revelation on through to (almost) present day.

Blu ray Verdict: Hmmmm. Well, OK ... 'Genesis - Sum of the Parts' is no really a complete rendition of the band, but it does capture them along the way, for sure. Truth be told, if you've read any of the books on the band, or have been a longtime follower, you'll most likely be disappointed by this documentary release. Sorry.

While it was nice to see (as most longtime fans would argue) the definitive line-up of the band reunite for this release, it's a far cry from getting you excited. Minor things that annoyed me are such omits as both Bill Bruford and Ray Wilson. Don't recall their names, well you should if you're a longtime fan as they were part of the group that made the "infamous" Calling All Stations album!

Anyway, that aside, there's also no mention of the Wind & Wuthering album, which was one of my personal favs, but each to his own; as I'm sure the guys have their own reasons for omitting it. A severe lack of extras is another reason I wasn't happy with this Blu-ray, but my personal aside, well, 'Genesis - Sum of the Parts' does tell a nice story when it moves through the departure of founder member Anthony Phillips; which brings the arrival of Phil Collins and Steve Hackett in 1970. This then formed the 5-man line-up that established the band's career with albums such as Foxtrot and The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.

Of course, we go through the seasons that include Peter Gabriel's departure in 1975 and then Steve Hackett's in 1977 - which led to the release of the album And Then There Were Three... - and a move towards shorter, more immediate songs. The eighties and nineties were triumphant decades for Genesis with hugely successful hit albums and singles around the world such as Genesis, Invisible Touch and We Can't Dance. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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