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Garage, Inc.
A monochrome (blue, black, white) photo of 4 men with the album then band name
Compilation album of cover songs by
Released November 24, 1998[1]
Recorded September 14 – October 1, 1998 (disc 1)
Studio The Plant (Sausalito, CA) – disc 1
Length 136:38
Metallica chronology
Garage, Inc.
St. Anger
Singles from Garage Inc.
  1. "Turn the Page"
    Released: November 16, 1998[2]
  2. "Whiskey in the Jar"
    Released: February 1, 1999[3]
  3. "Die, Die My Darling"
    Released: June 7, 1999[4]

Garage Inc. is a compilation album of cover songs by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on November 24, 1998, through Elektra Records. It includes cover songs, B-side covers, and The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited, which had gone out of print since its original release in 1987. The title is a combination of Garage Days Revisited and their song "Damage, Inc.", from Master of Puppets, and the album's graphical cover draws heavily from the 1987 EP. The album features songs by artists that have influenced Metallica, including many bands from the new wave of British heavy metal movement, hardcore punk bands and popular songs.


The day after Metallica finished the North American leg of the Poor Re-Touring Me Tour in San Diego's Coors Amphitheatre, they hit the studio to start recording a new album of cover versions.[5] As Lars Ulrich explained, the band wanted to do something different after "three pretty serious albums in a row, starting with the Black album and then Load and ReLoad", and the process would be easier by working with covers, especially as the band had a tradition of taking other people's songs and "turn them into something very Metallica, different from what the original artist did".[6] Given the band had recorded many covers that were spread across various releases, such as B-sides of their singles and the 1987 EP The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited, the band would "put them all in a nice little packaging for easy listening" along with the newly recorded cover versions, chosen through a group decision.[6][7] Only one of the eleven songs in the "New Recordings '98" disk was not done in the three-week sessions, a version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone" the band recorded for a radio broadcast along with friends such as Les Claypool, John Popper and Gary Rossington.[8]


The cover for Garage Inc. had an Anton Corbijn photograph of Metallica dressed as mechanics. The band wanted the booklet to hold a detailed account of the contents of the project, and designer Andy Airfix was allowed to search through Ulrich's catalogue of Metallica memorabilia in San Francisco to create a 32-page booklet. Airfix also did the back cover, where the front of Garage Days Re-Revisited was modified with headshots of Metallica in 1998 and the track list written on tracing paper.[9]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10[10]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[11]
Entertainment Weekly B−[12]
Q 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[14]
  • Rolling Stone (12/10/98, print edition, p. 122) – 4 Stars (out of 5) – "Gloriously hard as the album is, you can't miss Metallica's good natured side coming through."[13]
  • Entertainment Weekly (12/18/98, p. 84) – "We'll have to wait until Metallica's next 'proper' album to find out if this trip to the garage recharges their batteries. Still, all things considered, Garage Inc. is an intermittently exhilarating joyride." – Rating: B−[12]
  • CMJ (12/21/98, p. 29) – "Those who still relate to the adolescent angst of the 'Metallicas' earliest days will find plenty to like on Garage Inc."
  • In 2005, the album was ranked number 500 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[15]

Track listing

Disc one

These tracks were recorded in September–October 1998 for the Garage Inc. album.

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist (date) Length
1. "Free Speech for the Dumb" Garry Maloney, Kevin "Cal" Morris, Tony "Bones" Roberts, Roy "Rainy" Wainwright Discharge (1982) 2:36
2. "It's Electric" Sean Harris, Brian Tatler Diamond Head (1980) 3:34
3. "Sabbra Cadabra" Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward Black Sabbath (1973) 6:20
4. "Turn the Page" Bob Seger Bob Seger (1973) 6:06
5. "Die, Die My Darling" Glenn Danzig Misfits (1984) 2:29
6. "Loverman" Nick Cave Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1994) 7:53
7. "Mercyful Fate (medley)" King Diamond, Hank Shermann Mercyful Fate (1982, 1983) 11:11
8. "Astronomy" Joe Bouchard, Albert Bouchard, Sandy Pearlman Blue Öyster Cult (1974) 6:37
9. "Whiskey in the Jar" Traditional arr. Eric Bell, Brian Downey, Phil Lynott Traditional (inspired by Thin Lizzy's version in 1972) 5:05
10. "Tuesday's Gone" Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973) 9:06
11. "The More I See" Maloney, Morris, Peter "Pooch" Purtill, Wainwright Discharge (1984) 4:49
Total length: 65:42
  • "Sabbra Cadabra" also covers part of the Black Sabbath song "A National Acrobat".
  • "Mercyful Fate" is a medley of the songs "Satan's Fall", "Curse of the Pharaohs", "A Corpse Without Soul", "Into the Coven" and "Evil".
  • "Tuesday's Gone" was recorded December 18, 1997, during the "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" radio broadcast on KSJO.[16]
  • "The More I See" ends at 03:23 and, after a period of silence, contains a short segment of the Robin Trower song "Bridge of Sighs", from the album of the same name, as a hidden track.
  • "Free Speech for the Dumb", "Loverman", "Astronomy", "The More I See" and "Bridge of Sighs" have never been performed live.[17]

Disc two

These tracks are a collection of B-sides from artists Metallica were inspired by, throughout the early years of the band.

The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited (1987)
No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. "Helpless" Harris, Tatler Diamond Head (1980) 6:38
2. "The Small Hours" John Mortimer, John McCullim, Bryan Bartley, Ron Levine Holocaust (1983) 6:43
3. "The Wait" Jaz Coleman, Kevin "Geordie" Walker, Martin "Youth" Glover, Paul Ferguson Killing Joke (1980) 4:55
4. "Crash Course in Brain Surgery" Burke Shelley, Tony Bourge, Ray Phillips Budgie (1974) 3:10
5. "Last Caress/Green Hell" Glenn Danzig Misfits (1980/1983) 3:30
Garage Days Revisited ("Creeping Death" B-sides) (1984)
No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
6. "Am I Evil?" Harris, Tatler Diamond Head (1980) 7:50
7. "Blitzkrieg" Ian Jones, Jim Sirotto, Brian Ross Blitzkrieg (1981) 3:37
B-sides & one-offs (1988–1993)
No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
8. "Breadfan" Bourge, Phillips, Shelley Budgie (1973) 5:41
9. "The Prince" Harris, Tatler Diamond Head (1980) 4:26
10. "Stone Cold Crazy" Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon Queen (1974) 2:19
11. "So What" Nick "Animal" Kulmer, Chris "Magoo" Exall, Clive "Winston" Blake Anti-Nowhere League (1981) 3:09
12. "Killing Time" Vivian Campbell, Trevor Fleming, Raymond Haller, Davy Bates Sweet Savage (1981) 3:04
Motörheadache ("Hero of the Day" limited edition CD single B-sides) (1996)
No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
13. "Overkill" Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor Motörhead (1979) 4:05
14. "Damage Case" Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor, Mick Farren Motörhead (1979) 3:40
15. "Stone Dead Forever" Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor Motörhead (1979) 4:52
16. "Too Late Too Late" Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor Motörhead (1979) 3:12
Total length: 70:51
  • "Last Caress/Green Hell" contains a parody of Iron Maiden's song "Run to the Hills" at the outro; Iron Maiden responded to this on a B-side cover of the Montrose song titled "Space Station No. 5".
  • "Am I Evil?" and "Blitzkrieg" were originally released as B-sides contained on the "Creeping Death" single. They were later included as bonus tracks on the 1988 Elektra re-issue of Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All; subsequent re-issues of Kill 'Em All did not contain the two bonus tracks.
  • "Breadfan" is taken from the "Harvester of Sorrow" single.
  • "The Prince" is the B-side to the "One" single, as well as the bonus track on the Japanese pressing of …And Justice For All.
  • "Stone Cold Crazy" originally appeared on the Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary album and was later included on the "Enter Sandman" single.
  • "So What" is taken from the "Sad But True" single, as well as the bonus track on the Japanese pressing of Metallica.
  • "Killing Time" is taken from "The Unforgiven" single.




Year Chart Position
1998 U.S. Billboard 200 2
1998 Canadian Albums Chart 3
1998 Danish Albums Chart[18] 21
1998 Spanish Albums Chart[19] 11
2009 Mexican Albums Chart 97

Year-end charts

Chart (1999) Position
German Albums Chart[20] 21


Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Turn the Page" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1999 "Die, Die My Darling" Mainstream Rock Tracks 26
1999 "Turn the Page" Modern Rock Tracks 39
1999 "Whiskey in the Jar" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1

Sales and certification

In the U.S., Garage Inc. sold 426,500 units in the first week of release, making Metallica's fourth straight debut surpassing 400,000 copies.[21] Still, the million-plus record breaking debut of Garth Brooks' Double Live made Garage Inc. land only at second on the Billboard 200.[22]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[23] Gold 30,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[24] Gold 27,446[24]
Greece (IFPI Greece)[25] Platinum 30,000^
Germany (BVMI)[26] Gold 250,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[27] Gold 25,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[28] Platinum 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^
Europe (IFPI)[31] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
2000 "Whiskey in the Jar" Best Hard Rock Performance


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External links

  • Information about the album on the official website
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