The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited

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The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
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EP by
Released August 21, 1987 (1987-08-21)
Recorded July 1987
Genre Thrash metal
Length 25:05
Producer Metallica
Metallica chronology
Master of Puppets
The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
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The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited (rereleased as The $9.98 CD: Garage Days Re-Revisited) is an EP by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on August 21, 1987 by Elektra Records. It consists entirely of covers of late-'70s and early-'80s new wave of British heavy metal bands and punk rock music rehearsed in Lars Ulrich's soundproofed garage and then recorded in Los Angeles over the course of six days. It is the group's first release following the death of bassist Cliff Burton and the first to feature his replacement, Jason Newsted.


With Metallica scheduled to play the 1987 Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, the band's UK label Vertigo Records suggested they release new material to mark the occasion. Initial songwriting attempts with new bassist Jason Newsted resulted only in a demo for "Blackened", and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield subsequently broke his arm skateboarding and was unable to play guitar for several weeks. Given these obstacles, the band decided to record covers of some of their favorite songs, rather than work on new material. Newsted used his construction experience to soundproof Lars Ulrich's garage in El Cerrito, California, where the band would rehearse the material prior to recording.

While rehearsing the song "White Lightning" by New wave of British heavy metal band Paralex, Kirk Hammett at some point started playing "The Wait" by post-punk group Killing Joke, and the band subsequently decided to record the song. Other tracks considered but dropped include "Signal Fire" by Japanese band Bow Wow, and another NWOBHM song, Gaskin's "I'm No Fool". The original Misfits' versions of "Last Caress" and "Green Hell" were recorded five years apart, and were not recorded together in the same manner that Metallica does.

The band included "The $5.98 E.P." in the title in an effort to ensure that retailers did not overcharge fans.[1] The original cassette release included a sticker stating "If they try to charge more, STEAL IT!" The title of the official United States CD release was amended to "The $9.98 CD", as the retail price of CDs was much higher than cassette; other countries (such as Australia) still displayed "The $5.98 E.P." with a sticker stating that this is the "title" and not the price. "The Wait" was omitted from the UK pressings in order to conform to local music-industry rules regarding the length of EPs.

Though The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited has been out of print since 1989 and is considered a collector's item, all five tracks were later included on the 1998 double-album Garage Inc., along with a number of other covers Metallica had recorded throughout its career as well as a collection of entirely new recordings.[2] The cover of the CD also was used as a basis for the Garage Inc. back cover, which shows the original Garage Days cover with pictures of the member's faces, circa 1998, taped over the original faces, along with "Garage Inc." covering the original album name.[3]

In 2018, The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited was re-issued under Metallica's own Blackened Recordings label and is also available in vinyl format.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. "Helpless" Sean Harris, Brian Tatler Diamond Head 6:39
2. "The Small Hours" John Mortimer Holocaust 6:43
3. "The Wait" Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker, Martin Glover, Paul Ferguson Killing Joke 4:55
4. "Crash Course in Brain Surgery" Burke Shelley, Tony Bourge, Ray Phillips Budgie 3:10
5. "Last Caress/Green Hell" Glenn Danzig Misfits 3:30
Total length: 25:05



Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[5]

Chart positions


Year Chart Position
1987 Billboard 200 28
UK Singles Chart 27
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[6] 10
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[7] 22
US Billboard 200[8] 18


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[10] Gold 6,000[10]

*sales figures based on certification alone

See also


  1. ^ Garage Inc. liner notes
  2. ^ No Rest for Metallica as It Prepares for Covers Album
  3. ^ 42. METALLICA Part Three – ‘Re–Re-Re-Re-Re Visiting Inc.’
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Metallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited". AllMusic. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (December 1, 1991). "A Guide to Metallica's Recordings". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2018. 16. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Metallica Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Metallica". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  10. ^ a b "Metallica" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
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