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

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The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
Metallica - The $5.98 E.P.-Garage Days Re-Revisited cover.jpg
EP by Metallica
Released August 21, 1987 (1987-08-21)
Recorded July 1987 at A&M Studios, Santa Monica, California; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Thrash metal
Length 25:05
Label Elektra, Vertigo
Producer Metallica
Metallica extended plays chronology
Master of Puppets
(1986)Master of Puppets1986
The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
...And Justice for All
(1988)...And Justice for All1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]

The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited is an extended play by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on August 21, 1987 by Elektra Records. The extended play consisted entirely of covers of late-'70s and early-'80s new wave of British heavy metal bands and hardcore punk music rehearsed in Lars Ulrich's soundproofed garage and then recorded in Los Angeles over the course of six days. It was the group's first recording to feature its new bassist Jason Newsted, and also the band's first release following the death of second bassist Cliff Burton.


With Metallica scheduled to play the 1987 Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, the band's UK label Vertigo Records suggested them to release an extended play for the situation. With songwriting attempts with new bassist Jason Newsted only resulting in a demo for "Blackened" and frontman James Hetfield breaking his arm skateboarding, Metallica resorted to recording covers, just like the European "Creeping Death" single led to two B-sides labeled "Garage Days Revisited". Newsted used his construction experience to install soundproofing on Lars Ulrich's garage in El Cerrito, California, where the band would rehearse. While rehearsing "White Lightning" by New wave of British heavy metal band Paralex, Kirk Hammett instead started playing "The Wait" by post-punk group Killing Joke, making Metallica choose that song. Other tracks considered but dropped included "Signal Fire" by Japanese band Bow Wow, and another NWOBHM song, Gaskin's "I'm No Fool". The title had The $5.98 E.P. included in an effort to ensure that fans were not overcharged for it.[3] The original cassette release included a sticker which read "If they try to charge more, STEAL IT!" The official United States CD release of the EP amended the title (and the price) to The $9.98 CD because the retail price of CDs was much higher than cassettes; other countries (such as Australia) still displayed The $5.98 E.P. with a sticker stating that this was 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.[4] The cover of the CD also was used as a basis for the Garage Inc. back cover, which showed 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.[5]

The EP's sleevenotes are noteworthy as a nomination for the first use of the word "hella";[citation needed] James Hetfield is quoted as saying that the old studios the band had been using up to that point "hella sucked".

Track listing[edit]

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


Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1987 Billboard 200 28
UK Singles Chart 27


Country Sales Certification
United States 1,000,000 Platinum[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Metallica The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited". AllMusic. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (December 1, 1991). "A Guide to Metallica's Recordings". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Garage Inc. liner notes. Retrieved 2011-05-31
  4. ^ No Rest for Metallica as It Prepares for Covers Album
  5. ^ 42. METALLICA Part Three – ‘Re–Re-Re-Re-Re Visiting Inc.’
  6. ^ The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited liner notes. Retrieved 2011-05-31
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum - April 23, 2010". RIAA. 1990-07-23. Retrieved 2010-04-24.