Pop ayes

Michael Wale
The Observer
MICHAEL WALE asks top pop stars for their vote
Pop ayes

Randy Newman
No hesitation, although it might take some of your rock music readers back a little, Wagner's Gotterdammerung. The best goddam records ever made.
Randy Newman's latest album: Good Old Boys (Reprise K54022 - £2.29)

Mick Jagger
Welt, I'd buy When The Eagle Flies by Traffic (Island ILPS 9273 -£2.45), because I really think it's the best I've heard from Stevie Winwood and Traffic.
Rolling Stones latest album: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (COC 59103 - £2.45)

David Essex
It's a decision between John Lennon's Walls And Bridges and Paul McCartney's Red Rose Speedway (EMI PCTC 251 - £2.95), and I'd choose Red Rose Speedway because I think McCartney is a great songwriter. Also he's been very pleasant to me recently. No, that's not the reason. He is a great songwriter.
David Essex's latest album: David Essex (CBS 69088 - £2.79)

Ringo Starr
Definitely John Lennon's Walls And Bridges (EMI PCTC 253 - £2.95). It's the finest album made by anyone in the past five years - and that's not just because it's John and
he's my pal and that. The emotion he put into it is amazing. It's better than Imagine for me.
Ringo's latest album: Goodnight Vienna (Apple PCS 7168 - £2.50)

Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
I went out and bought this one myself: Roy Harper's album Valentine (Harvest SHSP4027 - £2.50), because it's a bloody good album. He's got some great material, and I find it very moving.
Pink Floyd's latest album: The Dark Side Of The Moon' (Harvest SHVL 804 - £2.75)

Peter Gabriel (Genesis)
Being a vegetarian myself, which leads to many difficulties on tours of America, I'd choose John Martyn's Bless The Weather, Island ILPS 9167 - £2.45). He's a very good guitarist and he plays simple music the way I like it. I'd say it was the record for all hungry vegetarian consumers.
Genesis latest album (double): The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Charisma CGS 101 - £4.49)


This mini-survey in the run-up to Christmas was published in The Observer of Sunday 8 December 1974. For some reason they gave Island TOPS catalogue numbers but these don't exist.

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