Much of Genesis: 1970?1975 — which contains five albums with Peter Gabriel, rarities, and a DVD ? of assorted material ?including a doc about their early years — is ”too artsy” (to quote Bret Easton Ellis’ late-period Genesis fan Patrick Bateman). But there are many moments of elegant prog-rock beauty as well. Meanwhile, in ?a 2007 video interview included here, Phil Collins sums up the drummer’s role in a band: ”Farts, drinks too much, cracks the odd joke, and deflates the tension.” B

Originally posted December 3 2008 — 12:00 AM EST

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