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Old 07-14-2018, 08:31 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm not knowledgeable enough to work out exactly what "prog-lite" could be, but, apart from the bands already mentioned, I would've included The Moody Blues and Audience I think:-

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This confuses me too. Would New Age qualify as "prog-lite?"
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^ Well, for me at least, rubber soul, New Age has a sound that's very distinct from prog. Even prog-lite has a musical complexity that is designed to engage you intellectually and keep you on your toes a little. To my mind, the aim of New Age is to soothe the troubled soul or, to put it brutally, to send you to sleep.
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There has been a fair helping of bands or individuals who have crossed prog over into New Age: Mike Oldfield, Iona and the Ozric Tentacles on their slower cuts are a few that come to mind. That album Ghost by Devin Townsend has some extensive prog-meets-New Age chops too.
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Prog-lite (also known as Prog Pop)


In answer to the original question, Kansas, Boston, et al? No. Some are AOR, some are Pomp Rock, but none would, in my opinion, qualify as vaguely prog, not even lite. Whatever it may end up being accepted as being.

My own definition would be music that has prog sensibilities but leans in a more pop direction, perhaps even a rock direction, but where the prog is less pronounced than in your basic prog bands. Not so much of the noodling, longer suites, acoustic guitar or flute solos, and with more down-to-earth lyrics generally. I'd say Genesis from about 1981 onwards might qualify as prog-lite.
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Kansas is prog.
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Kansas is prog.
I stand corrected. I don't know them that well anyway, but I would have thought they were more pomp rock, with the likes of Magnum. Progarchives, however, agrees with you.
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Styx is considered prog too but Kansas are musical geniuses compared to them
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Kansas are definitely progressive rock, at least up until around 1981-83 before they went full AOR.
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