YELLOW HAND - Yellow Hand (Capitol 1C 062-80 599) Germany 1970 LP
vinyl: VG++ (excellent) | cover: VG++ (excellent)
This album would be utterly insignificant if not for the presence of half a dozen songs by Stephen Stills and Neil Young, originally written and demoed during the Buffalo Springfield era, but never officially released by that band (except for "Down to the Wire," which surfaced on Young's Decade compilation). God knows how Yellow Hand got a hold of them, and they squeeze the life out of the fairly good folk-rock tunes with run-of-the-mill 1970 rock arrangements and vocals. The record's filled out by three unmemorable songs composed by lead singer Jerry Tawney. Most of the Buffalo Springfield-affiliated rarities (Stills' "Neighbor Don't You Worry," "We'll See," "Come On Lover" and Young's "Down to the Wire" and "Sell Out") have circulated on bootlegs, particularly Buffalo Springfield's Stampede, and at this point it's actually a lot easier to track those illicit (and much better) versions down than the officially released ones on the long out-of-print Yellow Hand LP. This seems to be the only place you can hear Stephen Stills' "Hello, I've Returned" in any form, however.