In celebration of the 20th anniversary of their debut album Hybrid Theory, iconic American rock band Linkin Park announce the release of Hybrid Theory: 20th Anniversary Edition – a commemorative set that includes never-before-heard demos from the time, rarities, B-sides, DVDs, 95+ minutes of never-before-seen footage, as well as other exciting extras.
In order to prepare for the release, Linkin Park have taken time out to engage with longtime fans from around the world to contribute and share art, photos, and memories from the band’s earliest days. The reissue will be available in multiple configurations, including a Super Deluxe Box, Vinyl Box Set, Deluxe CD, and Digital.
The Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box consists of five CDs—the original Hybrid Theory, double-platinum accompanying remix record Reanimation, B-Side Rarities with 12 previously-released tracks from the album era, LPU Rarities with 18 tracks only circulated through the Linkin Park Underground (LPU) fan club, and Forgotten Demos with 12 unreleased tracks, including She Couldn’t.
Additionally, the Super Deluxe Box boasts three DVDS, including a direct replica of the original FRAT PARTY AT THE PANKAKE FESTIVAL, PROJEKT REVOLUTION 2002 capturing one hour of unseen live footage from Las Vegas and San Diego (plus the 45-minute sequel to FRAT PARTY AT THE PANKAKE FESTIVAL entitled The Sequel To The Worst Name We’ve Ever Come Up With comprised of previously unavailable backstage footage and interviews), and another LIVE DVD with full concerts from The Fillmore 2001 in San Francisco and Rock AM Ring 2001 in Germany. Plus, it includes three vinyl LPS: the original Hybrid Theory (1 LP), Reanimation (2 LP), and available for the first-time on vinyl the Hybrid Theory EP—a six-track LP with etching on side 2. In addition to the original street team 2-track Cassette, fans also receive a stunning 80-page illustrated book with contributions from band members and unseen photographs as well as a replica tour laminate and oversized poster of late vocalist Chester Bennington. Additionally, band members Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn and original Hybrid Theory art director and reissue art director Frank Maddocks supplied three lithographs of new art to the Super Deluxe Box.
The Hybrid Theory Vinyl Box Set comprises the original Hybrid Theory (1 LP) and Reanimation (2 LP) as well as the B-Side Rarities (1 LP). This will be the only format to include a vinyl of B-Side Rarities. The Deluxe CD showcases the original Hybrid Theory and B-Side Rarities with a 16-page booklet.
To celebrate the news of the albums anniversary re-release, the band share with fans the long sought-after 1999 demo She Couldn’t – listen below:
HBD Hybrid Theory
Described by many as being one of the most influential, inimitable, and impactful albums of the past two decades, Hybrid Theory was a real game changer for Linkin Park upon it’s release on October 24th, 2000.
With its deeply personal, confessional lyrics and unique mix of heavy alternative rock, hip-hop, and electronic sounds, the record captured the imagination on an entire generation, become the best selling album of 2001 in America, selling 11 million copies stateside, achieving the rare “Diamond Award” (10 million) from the RIAA, and selling over 25 million albums worldwide.