I first heard "Love to Love" in 1986 after purchasing the Monkee Business picture disc album, and it's always been a favorite of mine.
The song, composed by Neil Diamond, was originally produced by Jeff Barry in early 1967 during the period of heightening tensions between The Monkees and musical supervisor Don Kirshner. Barry oversaw the session which laid down the instrumental track for this song (and others) while The Monkees were on the road performing their first concerts as a live act. When Kirshner was sacked shortly thereafter and The Monkees attained complete artistic control of their music output, "Love to Love" languished in the vaults. It wasn't until the summer of 1969, when The Monkees television series was now in reruns and there was a demand for new songs to be supplied for the rebroadcasts that "Love to Love" was brought back to life. Davy added a vocal to the track in August 1969 but the song ultimately was never used for any reruns of the show.
"Love to Love" first saw release on the 1979 Australian hits compilation Monkeemania and has since been made available on various Rhino releases. This is a stereo remix completed by Andrew Sandoval for the Headquarters deluxe edition in 2007.
In Memoriam: Michael Nesmith
Dolenz sings Nesmith - The EP