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Sum Of The Parts [2014]

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The earlier drummers Chris Stewart and John Silver don't make an appearance – unfortunately, John Mayhew couldn't be interviewed anymore, of course. In fact, Sum Of The Parts is a slapdash documentary, showing a distorted picture of the band's history and bluntly revealing the conditions within the band.

Sum Of The Parts” explores the dynamics of the group that has enabled them to survive changes of line-up, see their musical direction steadily evolve and maintain both group and solo careers along with their enduring popularity as evidenced by their hugely successful 2007 reunion tour. Turn It On Again is playing to the background images from the 2007 tour, the Invisible Touch Tour and the Misunderstanding video – all in the usual infinite loop.Anthony Philips is established as the driving force and head of the band and his leaving is well documented and commented on. However, at the end of the Gabriel era the interview scenes in that group configuration are few and far between – and even worse, it feels like Hackett was often cut out of the picture on purpose. Invisible Touch is given far too much time, but the band also seems to be very focused on the success here. Closed captions (CC) refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.

The bonus material is entirely composed of individual interviews and Steve Hackett is also completely absent again. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Gabriel's costumes and the big break with Foxtrot, the sound of Selling England By The Pound (which is given way too little time here though), the creation of The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway – during these parts, the documentary really shows how good it could have been.Following its broadcast, guitarist Steve Hackett expressed his displeasure, describing the documentary as a "biased account of Genesis history" that "totally ignores" his solo work. But then the fans pricked up their ears when it was revealed that the band had been working on a new documentary together.

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