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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ReleasedAugust 21, 1987 (1987-08-21)
RecordedJuly 1987
Studio
Genre Thrash metal
Length25:05
Label
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 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.

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

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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 by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, and has been based in San Francisco 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 and primary songwriters 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.

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Development

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.

Monsters of Rock Former heavy metal music festival

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 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 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.

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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.

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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

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 of cover songs 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.

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.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

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Chicago Tribune Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [5]

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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