Most Metallica fans feared the worse when we heard that Cliff Burton had been killed in a bus accident just outside of Stockholm Sweden on the 27th September 1986. We waited anxiously to hear whether or not the band would continue and were delighted to hear that they would. This E.P. was recorded to get the band used to Jason and vice versa and is killer to say the least!! The 5 tracks are all Metallica favourites from Diamond Head, Holocaust, Killing Joke, Budgie and The Misfits and are played to perfection. Jason Newsted's bass work on this E.P. is outstanding, jaw dropping and had rekindled my hope and faith in Metallica. Too bad that "..And Justice for all" would be such a let down because of the missing bass guitar parts. What were you thinking James?
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.
if you like old school metallica, the in your face metallica then this is it.. not so polished, old band rehearsel room sound with all the scratching feedback and the odd bit of shouting all in one good E.P. enjoy.
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This is as some of you know the FIRST single from metallica. It is probably the best single ever released by a heavy metal band! They have perfected this single and i think any fan should be proud to own it!