If Journey (a band I never was into) on their first few releases were considered prog, how is that surprising? I thought they had "prog" bloodlines. The mainstream happened later. I think our order is reversed here.
If it was their later stuff that was prog, that would be surprising. Work with me here.
Asia was mentioned earlier in this post in the same breath as some of the great bands. In the same vein, please don't call anything off Big Generator prog. I like most of the stuff, but any resemblance to prog is purely coincidential, and done to protect the innocent. Same with 90125. The last cut of each - maybe.
Come to think of it, I think we waste way too much time on 80's output from great 70's bands. It's almost as though we wish it to be good.