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Genesis - The Genesis Songbook
Genesis - The Genesis Songbook
Actor: Genesis
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Documentary
NR     2001     1hr 40min

When Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford joined forces in the late sixties, their intentions were not to be recording artists but rather songwriters. That initial plan soon fell by the wayside when they secured a...  more »


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Actor: Genesis
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Genesis, Classic Rock, Educational, Biography
Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/25/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The Musical Box is Now Open
Michael J. Shogi | Reminderville, Ohio USA | 09/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Genesis Songbook" DVD is a concise overview of the career of the Rock Band Genesis. It includes interviews with practically everyone who ever played in the band, including Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Steve Hackett (the band's "classic" lineup). The main portion of the DVD is a documentary that clocks in at about an hour. The DVD bonus features, which include interviews with band personnel about specific songs and events, are about another hour.Genesis fans have longed to see this band represented on DVD for some time, and this DVD answers their pleas. The positives are that the DVD documentary presents an interesting overview of the band's history told by the band members themselves. The extras include recent (and absolutely gorgeous) "unplugged" performances of "No Son of Mine" (which is incomplete) and "Follow You, Follow Me" (by Banks, Collins, and Rutherford) and "Afterglow" (by Banks and Collins only). The negatives are that the documentary is short (about an hour), features no complete song performances, and includes very little information on Genesis' songwriting technique. Information on this technique is included somewhat in the "extras".One idea would have been to include the "extras" in the film itself and expand some of the film clips to provide complete song performances, in order to increase the film's length to about 2 1/2 hours. Now THAT would have been a definitive documentary on this band. As it is, Genesis fans will have to make due with what is still an enjoyable view of the band's history, told by the band members themselves."
The Genesis Songbook
Mr. S. St Thomas | UK | 03/16/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This seems such a wasted opportunity.I think what's become inherent in the music industry, is that it has forgotten that the world is a 'conceptual marketplace'. And in that fact, there are many different types of buyers out there. In an effort to please a wide majority, the bare minimum of effort is taken to present a product that can satisfy a wider market. The truth of it is, the music industry assumes there are more than three types of fans, and aims for the one who will buy in greater numbers.Fan 1) Just likes the greatest hits. Sees the band in concert if they're in town. Probably owns none of the band's albums 'proper' but likes them for what they know.Fan 2) May own a few CD's or albums by the band, but may be interested in knowing more about them. May not have the money or time to invest in a full catalogue encounter, but is interested should there be a more comprehensive study.Fan 3) The super fan, who must see and own everything.These may be generic facsimilies of consumers, but they typify what is in the world, what is in that conceptual marketplace, and with technology growing to satisfy a larger number of consumers on cheaper modes of media with more storage, it would seem that all three of these consumers could be satisfied. Unfortunately, the industry underestimates the marketplace, and just tries to break even on its returns.The wasted opportunity here is that Fan No. 3 gets footage of The Fountain of Samalcis, Supper's Ready, The Musical Box, IN The Cage, etc. all in pristine form for their time, but only for 30 seconds each. And there's plenty of room on this DVD to fit all of these performances, in full. Fan No.2 doesn't see enough of the older footage to make their mind up whether they'd like to see more. 30 seconds is good for an A & R representative to decide whether you get a recording contact or not. They get paid to do that. You as a consumer, deserve more.Fan No.1 gets just what they want, no more no less. If they make it through Steve Hackett's ''Horizons'', I would be surprised, and thankful at the same time. There are so many wasted opportunites on this DVD, that I'm not sure who to blame. Not Gabriel, Hackett, Banks, Rutherford and Collins. I'm sure they want you to see performances from the early 70's. I'm sure some of them they're quite proud of and would like to see a permanent and official record of them before they become lost . I recommend you contact Eagle Vision demanding a more 'full-on' approach on the next Genesis project they take on, if they should get the opportunity."
What happened to the music?
M. Gregory | Boston, MA | 03/07/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I feel bad about saying this, but The Genesis Songbook DVD is a bit of a turkey. Although the history stuff is mostly of the Ant leaves Genesis/Phil joins Genesis/Steve joins Genesis/Peter leaves Genesis kind, what actually lets this DVD down is the woefully inadequate concert footage. Most clips of performances are literally a few seconds in length, but even more disappointing is that some of their most notable songs, in particular Suppers Ready, barely get a mention at all, let alone comprehensive coverage with vintage footage. No wonder Genesis remain a video and audio bootleggers goldmine... Maybe I'm being too "old school", and fail to realize that many people who bought the later records have never even heard Trespass or Foxtrot. If so, I'm sorry. However, I thought the reason for liking Genesis was all about the music. Unfortunately there's very little of it to be found on this DVD - save for uninspired new stripped-down versions of a couple of tunes - and certainly much less than may be implied by the very misleading title."
Peter Gabriel better than ever
M. Gregory | 04/06/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Unfortunately there are only a few seconds of each song, but many many minutes of interview that never ends.
You can notice here that Gabriel was ten times better than Collins (a nice pop maker), of course pop makes ten times more money because if the level goes down, you get much more people, (are you within the low level?)
Was nice to see Gabriel (only a few seconds) this is why I give 3 stars (other wise it would be only 1 star)
Remember there are no complete songs here, only fragments.They could have made something better."