Across The Line
|"Across The Line"|
|Song by Linkin Park from the album LP Underground 9.0: Demos|
|Released||November 23, 2009|
|Label||Machine Shop Records|
"Across The Line" is one of the seventeen songs recorded for Minutes To Midnight in 2006-2007 and is one of the five songs that did not make the album, along with "No Roads Left", "What We Don't Know", "Blackbirds", and another unknown fifth song. According to Mike, the song was the very last song to be cut from Minutes To Midnight, even after "No Roads Left".
The song was first shown in its demo form on the Making of Minutes To Midnight DVD, when a clip of a demo song entitled "Japan" was played. At this part of the DVD, Linkin Park was discussing how for the first time when they made an album, they would record random vocals immediately for the song instead of finishing the track and then adding vocals like they did for Hybrid Theory and Meteora. A clip of Chester singing "The pieces are the secrets, da da da, that I'll never find" over the "Japan" demo is shown.
"Across The Line" was released on the LP Underground 9.0: Demos CD in November 2009. On November 11, 2009, Mike premiered the tracklisting (which had leaked ahead of time) on his blog, saying, "For those of you who have been keeping track, “Across The Line” is a brand new, unreleased song. It was recorded during the “Minutes To Midnight” sessions, and was originally entitled "Japan." We know a lot of the fans on the LPU boards have wanted to hear this song, in its entirety, for a long time. We’re putting it on the LPU9 CD for you!" Brad said in the LPU 9 press release, "The LPU is a movement. Their support of the band is inspiring. So we try to give back to them whenever we can. When we heard that they had been talking about 'Across The Line,' we knew we had to make it available for them." The song was a big focal point of the promotion of LPU 9, appearing in the trailer as a "new, unreleased song."
In an LPU chat from December 9, 2009, fans asked Mike all about "Across The Line". He said, "Across the Line was written by all of us. The majority of the music came from two separate demos I did at my house. Chester and I did the vocals and lyrics. It was in progress around the same time as most of the songs from MTM. No More Sorrow, LOATR, LTGYA, etc. Across the Line just baaarely missed the cut. If there were 12 songs, I think it was #13. I don't have any idea if it will be played live. It will have to compete for a setlist spot vs. all our singles and the song from the new album though…"
In regards to a fan questioning if it was Mike on backing vocals, he said, "I think Across The Line is all Chester’s voice, although I often do the rough vocal as we’re writing it, and sometimes we leave some of my vocals in. Not sure on that one. Definitely not anyone but me and Chester, tho." However, Mike can definitely audibly be heard lending backing vocals in the song, singing the background "doubles" for Chester's chorus vocals.
In October 2010, fans became aware of alternate versions of three tracks on the LP Underground 9: Demos album. A European WBR promo version of the CD exists, with alternate versions of "Across The Line", and the demos of "Faint" and "By Myself". "Across The Line" had an extended intro, which was just an instrumental version of the bridge of the track, while "Faint" and "Sad" had entirely new/longer intros. These were the longer versions of the tracks before they were edited and shortened for their release on the CD by Mike Shinoda. The acetate CD was posted on LPLive on October 31, 2011 by BPERCY.
Adam Ruehmer confirmed the legitimacy of the tracks on November 1, 2011: "I have some good news for you. The songs are legit. I finally found the file Mike sent me before we went to mastering. The extended intros are there. Congrats! I'm REALLY confused at how this stuff got put on a promo CD in Europe. Strangest thing ever!!"
On January 15, 2013, Linkin Park released a "Mastered for iTunes" version of Minutes To Midnight and the version of "Across The Line" that was included had no bass at all throughout the entire first verse of the song.
In total, the three songs affected from the Minutes To Midnight era with different versions are "Shadow Of The Day", "No Roads Left", and "Across The Line." It is assumed that the label accidentally switched the masters for the album at some point, which is why the wrong versions are being included on releases.
In fall 2021, Linkin Park updated all three songs on digital streaming platforms to the correct versions. "Shadow Of The Day" featured a re-recorded guitar part in the choruses for an unknown reason, and the part has a wrong note on the "...and the shadow of the day" line where it is supposed to follow the bass and go down to a G instead of going up to a D like it does on every other time through the progression, but it goes up to a D in that spot on this recording.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Across The Line (Unreleased Demo 2007)||LP Underground 9.0: Demos||3:10||2007||November 23, 2009|
|Across The Line (Bonus Track)||Minutes To Midnight (Mastered For iTunes)||3:10||2007||January 15, 2013||
|Across The Line (Unreleased Demo 2007)||LP Underground 9.0: Demos (EU Promo)||3:46||2007||2009||
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