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

The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
Metallica - The $5.98 E.P.-Garage Days Re-Revisited cover.jpg
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ReleasedAugust 21, 1987 (1987-08-21)
RecordedJuly 1987 at A&M Studios, Santa Monica, California; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California
GenreThrash metal
Length25:05
LabelElektra, Vertigo
ProducerMetallica
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.

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 based on 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.

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.

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]

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