Metallica ‎– The $5.98 E.P. Garage Days Re-Revisited

Mercury ‎– 888 788-2

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1 Helpless
Written-By – Tatler*, Harris*
2 The Small Hours
Written-By – Holocaust (4)
3 The Wait
Written-By – Killing Joke
4 Crash Course In Brain Surgery
Written-By – Shelley*, Phillips*, Bourge*
5 Last Caress/Green Hell
Written-By – Danzig*

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Note on CD: "Not Very Produced By Metallica"

Printed/Made in W. Germany.

There is a clear center version and a "spiral" center version.
A rare misprint of this exists which plays "Ride The Lightning" instead.

Bootleg Warning:
Various bootlegs of this exist.
- The track "last careS" typo on the disc
- The blue metallica logo on the back cover is a much darker blue instead of the robin's egg blue.
- Bootleg copies have matrix; "888-788-2" instead of "888 788-2 03"
- "Spiral" center versions lack the "made in w.germany by pdo" etching in matrix.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 04228887882 7
  • Barcode (Text): 0 42288 87882 7
  • Matrix / Runout: 888 788-2 03 #
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 0268
  • SPARS Code: AAD

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February 8, 2018

Having barely mourned the loss of bassist Cliff Burton after his sudden and tragic death, Metallica were back in the studio, breaking in newcomer Jason Newsted with this short collection of covers.

'The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited' (bit of a mouthful, that) is a nice little E.P. that shows that even at a young age, Metallica were always good at doing cover versions, although the song choices themselves are quite obscure and certainly not the most exciting. I mean, let's be honest, how many people can honestly say they were Diamond Head fans or Holocaust fans before Metallica covered them?

With that said, the band are on point here, and although this release was mostly meant for fun, it still shows a band full of ambition and enthusiasm. With production that, whilst sounding rough in places, fits the music perfectly and gives just the right amount of punch and grittiness.

Any praise or criticisms aside, there's really no point in tracking this down these days. I say this because all five songs offered here appear on the 'Garage Inc.' album, a compilation of newly recorded and every previously released cover Metallica have done. And unless you're a collector looking to own everything, you're better off just getting that.


May 25, 2013
I have this 888 788-2 02 # but with the spiral center and the "made in w.germany by pdo" ??? !!!