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Garage, Inc.
Metallica - Garage Inc cover.jpg
Compilation album of cover songs by Metallica
Released November 23, 1998
Recorded New cover songs recorded & mixed from September 14–October 1, 1998 at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California. Other songs recorded at various locations from 1984 to 1995.
Genre Heavy metal, thrash metal
Length 136:38
Label Elektra, Sony Music, Vertigo
Producer Bob Rock, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Mark Whitaker
Metallica chronology
Garage Inc.
Singles from Garage Inc.
  1. "Turn the Page"
    Released: November 16, 1998[1]
  2. "Whiskey in the Jar"
    Released: February 1, 1999[2]
  3. "Die, Die My Darling"
    Released: June 7, 1999[3]

Garage, Inc. is a cover/compilation album by the American thrash metal band Metallica. It was released on November 23, 1998 through Elektra Records. Over 2.5 million copies have been sold in the U.S. as certified by the RIAA[citation needed]. It includes cover songs, B-side covers, and the 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."[citation needed] 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. As of August 2013 the album has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B−[6]
NME 5/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[9]
  • 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."
  • 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−[6]
  • 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.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

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"   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 The Dubliners (1968) (inspired by Thin Lizzy's version (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:
  • "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.[11]
  • "The More I See" contains a short segment of the Robin Trower song "Bridge of Sighs", from the album of the same name

Disc two[edit]

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 (1971) 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 (1988–1991)
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) (1995)
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:


Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1998 U.S. Billboard 200 2
1998 Canadian Albums Chart 3
2009 Mexican Albums Chart 97


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[edit]

In the U.S., Garage Inc. sold 426,500 units in the first week of release[12] and thus entering the charts on the peak position of 2. As of 2003 the album has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been certified 5× Platinum.

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[13] Gold 27,446[13]
Greece (IFPI Greece)[14] Platinum 30,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[15] Platinum 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

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


Grammy Awards[edit]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Worldwide (except North America) November 23, 1998
United States November 24, 1998


  1. ^ Turn the Page release date
  2. ^ Whiskey in the Jar release date
  3. ^ Die, Die My Darling release date
  4. ^ Allmusic Review
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5 (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 725. ISBN 0-19-531373-9. 
  6. ^ a b Sinclair, Tom (1998-12-18). "Garage Inc. Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Garage Inc - Metallica". NME. 1998-11-17. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  8. ^ Ratliff, Ben (1998-11-17). "Garage Inc.". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  9. ^ "Metallica: Album Guide Rolling Stone Music". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  10. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 7. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ Billboard 21 Jun 2003
  13. ^ a b "Metallica" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. 
  14. ^ "Greek album certifications – Metallica – Garage Inc." (in Greek). IFPI Greece. 
  15. ^ "Polish album certifications – Metallica – Garage Inc." (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Metallica – Garage Inc.". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Garage Inc. in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Metallica – Garage Inc.". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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