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    Posted: November 20 2012 at 17:36
I dunno, I've always considered them a Pop group. A very interesting Pop group, but a Pop group nonetheless. I only mention this because they seem to be listed here as a Prog group. What do you guys think?

Also, please keep in mind, I'm not trying to knock ELO in any way, I'm a huge fan of there's, always have been, always will be, but I'm just not entirely sold on them being Prog.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Epignosis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 20 2012 at 17:51
Pop?  Yes.

Prog?  Yes.

Just like...Yes!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote theadolescentprogger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 20 2012 at 17:55
Actually, that's a very good point!
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I love ELO.  They are listed as "Crossover" here, which indicates that they are (perhaps more consistently than bands in other subgenres) a hybrid of prog and pop.

Any favorite song?



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Post Options Post Options   Quote theadolescentprogger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 20 2012 at 18:02
Oh primarily stuff that would be on their best of. And I have yet to listen to some of their classic albums.
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Pop: Not before Very Disco...Sorry Discovery
Prog: Only El Dorado
Mainstream: Most of their career.

But they are an outstanding band who blended some Prog elements in every single album except Discovery and the horrendous Xanadu

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Originally posted by Ivan_Melgar_M

 

But they are an outstanding band who blended some Prog elements in every single album except Discovery and the horrendous Xanadu

Even the stuff after Xanadu?  I never heard any albums after that one. 

And to be fair, ELO were only half responsible for Xanadu, and their side of the record isn't even that bad.
I'm a fan of Discovery too - a by-product of it being a hit album when I was 10 years old perhaps, but I do still have a soft spot for it.
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I'd say they're kind of prog. Somwhere between prog and prog related
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Originally posted by Epignosis

Any favorite song?

Probably "Can't Get It Out Of My Head".  

Also, "Night in the City" from 'Out of the Blue'.   The quintessential 70s tune.


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I don't believe they are a prog band. They are a pop band with an artistically accomplished album (Eldorado), which could be considered progressive rock.
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They are as prog as Queen Stern Smile
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They are Prog as early Styx and Queen and Crises' period Mike Oldfield are.
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I like ELO and Jeff Lynne, but Prog? No.
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Originally posted by Epignosis

I love ELO.  They are listed as "Crossover" here, which indicates that they are (perhaps more consistently than bands in other subgenres) a hybrid of prog and pop.

Any favorite song?

 Well stated, Epignosis - and if I may add, their first 3 releases are full-blown Progressive works.
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Originally posted by Tom Ozric

Originally posted by Epignosis

I love ELO.  They are listed as "Crossover" here, which indicates that they are (perhaps more consistently than bands in other subgenres) a hybrid of prog and pop.

Any favorite song?

 Well stated, Epignosis - and if I may add, their first 3 releases are full-blown Progressive works.

Exactly. Every album had prog elements, but the first three were clearly prog.

Much like The Moody Blues, their progressive elements are debatable because of their pop undertone, but that doesn't matter!! That combination makes it easily fit in the Crossover genre. A fantastic band. Love them, love them.
     
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Originally posted by Epignosis

I love ELO.  They are listed as "Crossover" here, which indicates that they are (perhaps more consistently than bands in other subgenres) a hybrid of prog and pop.

Any favorite song?

 
A whole album actually ... Eldorado. But I also liked their first 3 albums a lot ... and the 3rd album is a pain to locate!
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I also love ELO - that big melodic sound gets me ever time.  Personal favourite would probably be side 3 of 'Out of the Blue', Concerto for a Rainy Day - which concludes with Mr Blue Sky.  Whether they are prog or not makes no difference to me.  I suppose they are Prog Pop if such a category exists.
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