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article image'Genesis — Sum Of The Parts' is set to make U.S. cable premiere

By Earl Dittman     Sep 15, 2014 in Entertainment
In addition to the reunion documentary film that brought Gabriel, Collins, Rutherford, Banks and Hackett back together again, the band is releasing 'R-KIVE,' a retrospective featuring Genesis' greatest hits and tracks from each of their solo careers.
A broadcast date for the BBC documentary (reported on HERE) that has reunited the original members of Genesis — Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett — now titled Genesis — Sum Of The Parts (originally called Genesis: Together and Apart) has been set. The 90-minute documentary, which features previously unseen archive material and performance footage of the band, will premiere on SHOWTIME on October 10, 2014 at 8 p.m.EST/7 p.m.CST.
Approximately 10 days before Genesis — Sum Of The Parts makes its cable debut, the band will release (on September 30) the three-disc anthology collection R-KIVE. Spanning 42 years, the 37-track set documents the band's history with classic Genesis material compiled alongside selections from the solo careers of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Mike Rutherford's Mike + The Mechanics.
R-KIVE features Genesis's biggest hits including "Invisible Touch," "Turn It On Again," "Land of Confusion"' and "I Can't Dance." Additionally, it contains such Genesis classics as "Supper's Ready," "The Carpet Crawlers," "Follow You Follow Me," "Misunderstanding" and the title track from the band's masterpiece The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Along the way it also visits Mike + The Mechanics' classics "The Living Years" and "Over My Shoulder," Collins's "In The Air Tonight" and his Philip Bailey duet "Easy Lover" and Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill."
Genesis: (clockwise. LtoR) Phil Collins  Mike Rutherford  Steve Hackett  Peter Gabriel and Tony Bank...
Genesis: (clockwise. LtoR) Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks
R-KIVE opens with "The Knife" — a nine-minute proto-punk number which became a favorite closing set during the band's early shows, and was written before either Hackett or Collins had joined the band. In addition to 22 Genesis songs, each member's work outside of the band is represented democratically with three songs each. There are also some unexpected gems on R-KIVE — Hackett's flamenco-inspired "Nomads," Gabriel's "Signal To Noise" and "Calling All Stations," the sole representative from the short-lived era in which Genesis were fronted by former Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson.
"This album jogs memories about old albums, things people might have missed the first time around," says Collins. "Most of the time, the singles always seem to be the things that are remembered from albums. Sometimes the lesser-known tracks deserve better than to be forgotten."
"I'm a songwriter first of all," adds Rutherford. "When you put these songs together, it's a wonderfully impressive array and variety of songs. It's an interesting combination that doesn't normally get put on the same page."
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