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. 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 Metallica's song "Damage, Inc.", from Master of Puppets. 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 new wave of British heavy metal, hardcore punk bands and popular songs.

Garage Inc.
A monochrome (blue, black, white) photo of 4 men with the album then band name
Compilation album of cover songs by
ReleasedNovember 24, 1998[1]
RecordedDecember 18, 1997, and
September 14 – October 1, 1998 (disc 1)
October 1984[2] – February 1996[3] (disc 2)
StudioThe Plant (Sausalito, California) – disc 1
Metallica chronology
Garage Inc.
St. Anger
Singles from Garage Inc.
  1. "Turn the Page"
    Released: November 16, 1998[4]
  2. "Whiskey in the Jar"
    Released: February 1, 1999[5]
  3. "Die, Die My Darling"
    Released: June 7, 1999[6]

Production Edit

The day after Metallica finished the North American leg of the Poor Re-Touring Me Tour in San Diego's Coors Amphitheatre, they hit the studio to start recording a new album of cover versions.[7] As Lars Ulrich explained, the band wanted to do something different after "three pretty serious albums in a row, starting with the Black album and then Load and ReLoad", and the process would be easier by working with covers, especially as the band had a tradition of taking other people's songs and "turn them into something very Metallica, different from what the original artist did".[8] Given that the band had recorded many covers that were spread across various releases, such as B-sides of their singles and the 1987 EP The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited, the band would "put them all in a nice little packaging for easy listening" along with the newly recorded cover versions, chosen through a group decision.[8][9] Only one of the eleven songs in the "New Recordings '98" disk was not done in the three-week sessions, a version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone" the band recorded for a radio broadcast along with friends such as Les Claypool, John Popper and Gary Rossington.[10]

Garage Barrage Tour Edit

Metallica played five shows in November 1998 to support the album's release. Embracing the cover song concept, the band's setlist consisted entirely of cover songs from throughout their career. Metallica's own music was presented by the opening band, Battery, a Metallica tribute band.

Packaging Edit

The cover for Garage Inc. had an Anton Corbijn photograph of Metallica dressed as mechanics. The band wanted the booklet to hold a detailed account of the contents of the project, and designer Andy Airfix was allowed to search through Ulrich's catalogue of Metallica memorabilia in San Francisco to create a 32-page booklet. Airfix also did the back cover, where the front of Garage Days Re-Revisited was modified with headshots of Metallica in 1998 and the track list written on tracing paper.[11]

Reception Edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[12]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [13]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[14]
Q     [16]
Rolling Stone     [17]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [18]
  • Rolling Stone (12/10/98, print edition, p. 122) – 4 Stars (out of 5) – "Gloriously hard as the album is, you can't miss Metallica's good natured side coming through."[17]
  • Entertainment Weekly (12/18/98, p. 84) – "We'll have to wait until Metallica's next 'proper' album to find out if this trip to the garage recharges their batteries. Still, all things considered, Garage Inc. is an intermittently exhilarating joyride." – Rating: B−[14]
  • CMJ (12/21/98, p. 29) – "Those who still relate to the adolescent angst of the 'Metallicas' earliest days will find plenty to like on Garage Inc."
  • In 2005, the album was ranked number 500 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[19]

Track listing Edit

Disc one Edit

These tracks (except "Tuesday's Gone"; see below) were recorded in September–October 1998 for the Garage Inc. album.

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artist (date)Length
1."Free Speech for the Dumb"Garry Maloney, Kevin "Cal" Morris, Tony "Bones" Roberts, Roy "Rainy" WainwrightDischarge (1982)2:36
2."It's Electric"Sean Harris, Brian TatlerDiamond Head (1980)3:34
3."Sabbra Cadabra"Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill WardBlack Sabbath (1973)6:20
4."Turn the Page"Bob SegerBob Seger (1973)6:06
5."Die, Die My Darling"Glenn DanzigMisfits (1984)2:29
6."Loverman"Nick CaveNick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1994)7:53
7."Mercyful Fate (medley)"King Diamond, Hank ShermannMercyful Fate (1982, 1983)11:11
8."Astronomy"Joe Bouchard, Albert Bouchard, Sandy PearlmanBlue Öyster Cult (1974)6:37
9."Whiskey in the Jar"Traditional arr. Eric Bell, Brian Downey, Phil LynottTraditional (inspired by Thin Lizzy's version in 1972)5:05
10."Tuesday's Gone"Allen Collins, Ronnie Van ZantLynyrd Skynyrd (1973)9:06
11."The More I See"Maloney, Morris, Peter "Pooch" Purtill, WainwrightDischarge (1984)4:49
Total length:65:42
  • "Sabbra Cadabra" also covers part of the Black Sabbath song "A National Acrobat".
  • "Mercyful Fate" is a medley of the songs "Satan's Fall", "Curse of the Pharaohs", "A Corpse Without Soul", "Into the Coven" and "Evil".
  • "Tuesday's Gone" was recorded December 18, 1997, during the "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" radio broadcast on KSJO.[20]
  • "The More I See" ends at 03:23 and, after a period of silence, contains a short segment of the Robin Trower song "Bridge of Sighs", from the album of the same name, as a hidden track.
  • "Free Speech for the Dumb", "Loverman", "Astronomy", "The More I See" and "Bridge of Sighs" have never been performed live.[21]

Disc two Edit

These tracks are a collection of B-sides from artists Metallica were inspired by, throughout the early years of the band.

The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited (1987)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Helpless"Harris, TatlerDiamond Head (1980)6:38
2."The Small Hours"John Mortimer, John McCullim, Bryan Bartley, Ron LevineHolocaust (1983)6:43
3."The Wait"Jaz Coleman, Kevin "Geordie" Walker, Martin "Youth" Glover, Paul FergusonKilling Joke (1980)4:55
4."Crash Course in Brain Surgery"Burke Shelley, Tony Bourge, Ray PhillipsBudgie (1974)3:10
5."Last Caress/Green Hell"Glenn DanzigMisfits (1980/1983)3:30
"Creeping Death" B-sides (1984)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
6."Am I Evil?"Harris, TatlerDiamond Head (1980)7:50
7."Blitzkrieg"Ian Jones, Jim Sirotto, Brian RossBlitzkrieg (1981)3:37
B-sides and one-offs (1988–1993)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
8."Breadfan"Bourge, Phillips, ShelleyBudgie (1973)5:41
9."The Prince"Harris, TatlerDiamond Head (1980)4:26
10."Stone Cold Crazy"Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John DeaconQueen (1974)2:19
11."So What"Nick "Animal" Kulmer, Chris "Magoo" Exall, Clive "Winston" BlakeAnti-Nowhere League (1981)3:09
12."Killing Time"Vivian Campbell, Trevor Fleming, Raymond Haller, Davy BatesSweet Savage (1981)3:04
Motörheadache ("Hero of the Day" limited edition CD single B-sides) (1996)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
13."Overkill"Eddie Clarke, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, Phil "Philthy Animal" TaylorMotörhead (1979)4:05
14."Damage Case"Clarke, Kilmister, Taylor, Mick FarrenMotörhead (1979)3:40
15."Stone Dead Forever"Clarke, Kilmister, TaylorMotörhead (1979)4:52
16."Too Late Too Late"Clarke, Kilmister, TaylorMotörhead (1979)3:12
Total length:70:51
  • "Last Caress/Green Hell" contains a parody of Iron Maiden's song "Run to the Hills" at the outro; Iron Maiden responded to this on a B-side cover of the Montrose song titled "Space Station No. 5". The original CD edition has a mastering error in "Green Hell" at 2:01 where the left channel glitches and is out of sync with the right channel for a second. This error does not exist on the original EP release, nor the remastered EP edition.
  • "Am I Evil?" and "Blitzkrieg" were originally released in November 1984 as B-sides contained on the "Creeping Death" single. They were later included as bonus tracks on the 1988 Elektra re-issue of Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All; subsequent re-issues of Kill 'Em All did not contain the two bonus tracks.
  • "Breadfan" and "The Prince" were originally released by Metallica in September 1988 as B-sides to the "Harvester of Sorrow" single. "Breadfan" was also included on the "Eye of the Beholder" single. "The Prince" was also the B-side to the "One" single, as well as the bonus track on the Japanese pressing of …And Justice For All.
  • "Stone Cold Crazy" was originally released by Metallica in September 1990 on the Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary compilation album, and was later included on the "Enter Sandman" single.
  • "So What" and "Killing Time" were originally released by Metallica in November 1991 as B-sides to "The Unforgiven" single. "So What" was also on the "Sad but True" single, as well as the bonus track on the Japanese pressing of Metallica.
  • "Motörheadache" was recorded live at The Plant Studios in December, 1995

Personnel Edit

Technical personnel

Charts Edit

Singles Edit

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Turn the Page" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1999 "Die, Die My Darling" Mainstream Rock Tracks 26
1999 "Turn the Page" Modern Rock Tracks 39
1999 "Whiskey in the Jar" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4

Sales and certifications Edit

In the U.S., Garage Inc. sold 426,500 units in the first week of release, making Metallica's fourth straight debut surpassing 400,000 copies.[51] Still, the million-plus record breaking debut of Garth Brooks' Double Live made Garage Inc. land only at second on the Billboard 200.[52]

Certifications and sales for Garage Inc.
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[53] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[54] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[55] Gold 25,000*
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[56] 2× Platinum 40,000
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[57] Gold 27,446[57]
Germany (BVMI)[58] Gold 250,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[59] Platinum 30,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[60] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[61] Gold 25,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[62] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[63] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[64] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[65] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[66] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[68] 5× Platinum 3,350,000[67]
Europe (IFPI)[69] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Awards Edit

Grammy Awards Edit

Year Winner Category
1999 "Whiskey in the Jar" Best Hard Rock Performance

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