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. The song was the very last song to be cut from Minutes To Midnight.
The song was first shown in its demo form on the Making of Minutes To Midnight DVD, when a clip of a 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 to 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."
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.
On October 31, 2011, more than two years after the release, bpercy (a Linkin Park collector) posted a thread on LPLive about a promotional copy of the LP Underground 9 CD containing alternative versions of three tracks. One of these is "Across The Line", which is featured with the bridge instrumental to start the song, building up, before the song's recognizable sample begins. It appears that the band edited this version of the song down for the CD, meaning the acetate demo is the longer, original version of the song.
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.
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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