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
ReleasedAugust 21, 1987 (1987-08-21)
RecordedJuly 1987 at A&M Studios, Santa Monica, California; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Thrash metal
Length25:05
Label Elektra, Vertigo
Producer Metallica
Metallica chronology
Master of Puppets
(1986)
The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
(1987)
...And Justice for All
(1988)

The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited (rereleased as The $9.98 CD: Garage Days Re-Revisited) is an extended play album by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on August 21, 1987 by Elektra Records. The album consists 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 is 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.

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. EPs generally contain a minimum of four tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

Contents

Development

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 album for the situation. Songwriting attempts with new bassist Jason Newsted only resulted in a demo for "Blackened", and frontman James Hetfield broke his arm skateboarding, so the band resorted to recording covers. This is reminiscent to how the European "Creeping Death" single had led to two B-sides that were cover songs, 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.

Monsters of Rock concert tour

Monsters of Rock was an annual hard rock and heavy metal music festival held in Castle Donington, England from 1980 to 1996, taking place every year except 1989 and 1993. It later branched into other locations such as the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Castle Donington village in England

Castle Donington is a small market town and civil parish in Leicestershire, England, on the edge of the National Forest close to East Midlands Airport.

Vertigo Records British record label

Vertigo Records is a record company, which originated in the United Kingdom. It was a subsidiary of the Philips/Phonogram record label, launched in 1969 to specialise in progressive rock and other non-mainstream musical styles. Today it is operated by Universal Music UK.

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 the band choose that 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 band included "The $5.98 E.P." in the title in an effort to ensure that fans were not overcharged for it. [1] The original cassette release includes a sticker which reads "If they try to charge more, STEAL IT!" The official United States CD release of the EP has an amended title with "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 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.

The new wave of British heavy metal was a nationwide musical movement that started in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and achieved international attention by the early 1980s. Journalist Geoff Barton coined the term in a May 1979 issue of the British music newspaper Sounds to describe the emergence of new heavy metal bands in the mid to late 1970s, during the period of punk rock's decline and the dominance of new wave music.

Kirk Hammett American musician

Kirk Lee Hammett is an American musician who has been lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus. In 2003, Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2009, Hammett was ranked number 15 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.

Post-punk is a broad type of rock music that emerged from the punk movement of the 1970s, in which artists departed from the simplicity and traditionalism of punk rock to adopt a variety of avant-garde sensibilities and diverse influences. Inspired by punk's energy and DIY ethic but determined to break from rock cliches, artists experimented with sources including electronic music and black styles like dub, funk, free jazz, and disco; novel recording and production techniques; and ideas from art and politics, including critical theory, modernist art, cinema and literature. Communities that produced independent record labels, visual art, multimedia performances and fanzines developed around these pioneering musical scenes, which coalesced in cities such as London, New York, Manchester, Melbourne, Sydney and San Francisco.

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]

<i>Garage Inc.</i> 1998 compilation album by Metallica

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. Over 2.5 million copies have been sold in the U.S. as certified by the RIAA. 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. As of August 2013, the album has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
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

Personnel

James Hetfield American musician, songwriter and record producer

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

Lead vocalist member of a band who sings the main solo vocal portions of a song

The lead vocalist in popular music is typically the member of a group or band whose voice is the most prominent in a performance where multiple voices may be heard. The lead singer either leads the vocal ensemble, or sets against the ensemble as the dominant sound. In vocal group performances, notably in soul and gospel music, and early rock and roll, the lead singer takes the main vocal part, with a chorus provided by other band members as backing vocalists.

Rhythm guitar guitar technique; part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section

In music performances, rhythm guitar is a technique and role that performs a combination of two functions: to provide all or part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section ; and to provide all or part of the harmony, i.e. the chords from a song's chord progression, where a chord is a group of notes played together. Therefore, the basic technique of rhythm guitar is to hold down a series of chords with the fretting hand while strumming or fingerpicking rhythmically with the other hand. More developed rhythm techniques include arpeggios, damping, riffs, chord solos, and complex strums.


Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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Chart positions

Album

YearChartPosition
1987Billboard 20028
UK Singles Chart27
2018
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) [6] 10
Polish Albums (ZPAV) [7] 22
US Billboard 200 [8] 18

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA) [9] Platinum1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat) [10] Gold6,000 [10]

*sales figures based on certification alone

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