Genesis - The Genesis Songbook

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Eagle Vision
Catalog Number: EV300089
Format: DVD
Total Time: 100:00:00

This 2001 release is a narratorless documentary put together by interviews with the members of Genesis throughout its existence (including a short bit with Anthony Phillips and John Silver), guest musicians Chester Thompson and Daryl Stuermer, manager Tony Smith, journalists Chris Welch and Alan Hewitt (The Waiting Room fanzine) and others. It also includes the trio of Banks, Rutherford and Collins together in 2000 performing together ("Afterglow," "Follow You, Follow Me." and "No Son Of Mine"). Those looking for lots of lengthy archival clips of classic Genesis period - e.g. when Gabriel fronted the band will be disappointed, though there is a lot of use of classic clips. It is the overview history of the band, but, as the title indicates, its about the music they created, but in that discussion a historical perspective of the dynamics within the band, and why various members left over the years. Those clips include video snippets as well as live footage. Though one gets to the different sections (play, scene selection, discography) textually, once section a video/music box (natch) rotates to selected segment, nice piece of animation that doesn't delay one getting to the content.

The bonus features include more interview footage covering Collins' joining the band, Steve Hackett joining the band and Hackett playing "Horizons" (a very nice instrumental guitar piece), as well as items on the writing of "Supper's Ready," The Lamb... (which recycles some interview snippets with Banks), "Firth Of Fifth" and more.

I actually found it a very interesting overview of the band's music, and what the band says dispels the myth, though it isn't addressed directly, that Collins set the direction for the band. Much of what resulted was band effort. It provides the connective thread between the "Gabriel-era" and the "Collins-era." It is a DVD that doesn't oversell what's inside. One may find "Follow You, Follow Me" appears a lot, however.

Coming Together: I Can't Dance, Invisible Touch, Follow You Follow Me, The Musical Box, Stagnation, The Fountain Of Salmacis, Horizons, Supper's Ready, I Know What I Like / Exit Peter: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, In The Cage, Dance On A Volcano, Afterglow, Follow You Follow Me / Phil Takes The Lead: Misunderstanding, Turn It On, Mama / Invisible Touch: Invisible Touch, Second Home By The Sea, Domino, Land Of Confusion, I Can't Dance / The Final Tour: Not About Us, Fading Lights / Bonus Material: Phil Collins Joins Genesis, Steve Hackett Joins Genesis, Horizons, Writing "Supper's Ready", The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Firth Of Fifth, Bill Bruford Joins Genesis, Chester Thompson and Daryl Stuermer Join Genesis, Follow You Follow Me, Afterglow, No Son Of Mine

Through the Years:

Anthony Phillips - guitars
John Silver - drums and percussion
Peter Gabriel - vocals, flute, percussion
Mike Rutherford - bass, guitar
Tony Banks - keyboards
Phil Collins - vocals, drums, percussion
Steve Hackett - guitars
Ray Wilson - vocals

From Genesis To Revelation (1969)+
Trespass (1970)
Nursery Crime (1971)
Foxtrot (1972)
Live (1973)
Selling England By The Pound (1973)
Lamb Lies Down On Broadway(1974)
Wind and Wuthering (1976)
Trick of the Tail (1976)
Seconds Out (1977)
And Then There Were Three (1978)
Duke (1980)
Abacab (1981)
Three Sides Live (1982)
Genesis (1983)
Invisible Touch (1986)
We Can't Dance (1991)
The Way We Walk: The Shorts (1992)
The Way We Walk: The Longs (1993)
Calling All Stations (1997)
Turn It On Again - The Hits (1999)
Archive #1 (1999)
Archive #2 (2000)

The Genesis Songbook (2001) (DVD/VID)
Live At Wembley Stadium (2003) (DVD)

+aka When The Sour Turns To Sweet

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: September 8th 2003
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
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Language: english


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