Live From SoHo

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Live From SoHo
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EP by Linkin Park
Released March 4, 2008
Recorded February 21, 2008
Length 20:42
Label Warner Bros. Records

Live From SoHo, sometimes referred to as iTunes Live From SoHo or Live From SoHo (iTunes Exclusive EP), is a live EP by Linkin Park.

Background

The performance was advertised on New York City-area radio stations and was invitation-only for 200 radio contest winners along with industry friends and professionals. Billed as playing at 11:55pm, the band took the stage after midnight.[1] Mike Shinoda announced the performance on his personal blog saying, "also, look forward to a special show that we’re doing in NYC in conjunction with apple…shh…it’s a secret…"[2]

Writing and Recording

The EP was recorded live on February 21, 2008 at the Apple Store SoHo in Manhattan as part of the Live From SoHo series on iTunes. After "Bleed It Out", Mike asked the fans if they wanted another song or if they wanted the band to sign autographs. The fans replied they wanted the band to sign, so they ended the show there.[3]

Composition

With the exception of "My December", all songs were taken from Minutes To Midnight (the album being promoted at the time). The band performed a rendition of the song which featured Mike on piano and Chester on vocals, with a completely reworked piano arrangement.

Releases

Initially released exclusively on iTunes in m4a format, the EP was eventually issued on other digital music stores in mp3 and lossless formats. The EP never received a physical release.

Track Listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Wake (Live) Linkin Park 1:39
2 Given Up (Live) Linkin Park 3:28
3 Shadow Of The Day (Live) Linkin Park 4:16
4 My December (Live) Bennington Chester Charles, Bourdon Robert G, Delson Brad, Hahn Joseph, Shinoda Mike 3:51
5 In Pieces (Live) Linkin Park 3:59
6 Bleed It Out (Live) Linkin Park 3:26

Personnel

  • All songs written by Linkin Park
  • Mastered by Dave Collins
  • Mixed by Dylan Ely and Ken "Pooch" Van Druten
  • Recorded by Ken "Pooch" Van Druten

Reception

Spence D. of IGN Music gave the EP a 5.9 score, saying, "Sadly this live EP stopgap shows the band incapable of pushing their sonic boundaries within a live context. Granted performing in the middle of an Apple store is a far cry from a stadium or even a dedicated music club, but still the band had plenty of options to tweak things up. "My December" proved that they can strip things down and lend a different sheen to their material. It's too bad they didn't see fit to do at least that with the other five tracks included here. In the end Live In SoHo is rather abrupt and devoid of any real surprises."[4]

Gallery

Trivia

  • The picture of Chester Bennington seen on the Live From SoHo artwork was also used as cover for the "Given Up" single.

References

  1. Linkin Park Rocks Apple Store At Secret Show | Billboard, February 21, 2008
  2. echo award « Mike Shinoda's Blog, February 18, 2008
  3. Linkin Park To Release Exclusive I Tunes 'Live From Soho' Ep Today - Blabbermouth.net, March 04, 2008
  4. Linkin Park – Live In SoHo iTunes Exclusive - IGN, March 05, 2008