Metallica recorded one of the two discs for Garage Inc. at The Plant, Sausalito, California, September 14 through October 1, 1998. The release consisted of eleven newly recorded cover songs, some previously-released B-side covers, plus 1987's The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited. Kirk Hammett said that the album was "a bit autobiographical in a musical sense because these are all bands that have been such a huge inspiration to us and a huge influence on us."
Printed lyrics and drum notes for Blue Öyster Cult's "Astronomy" rest on Lars Ulrich's drum (along with tape for finger-wrapping) during the recording of Garage Inc., Los Angeles, California, 1998. Photo: Mark Leialoha. From the Collection of Lars Ulrich
Photo of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Jason Newsted outside of KSJO Studios in San Jose, California, December 18, 1997, with guest musicians from the Don't Call Us, We'll Call You radio show, Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity), Sean Kinney and Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Jim Martin (Faith No More), John Popper (Blues Traveler), and Les Claypool (Primus). These musicians all appeared as guests on the track "Tuesday's Gone" from Garage Inc. From the Collection of James Hetfield
Notes from the digital transfer of Reel 10, Garage Inc., September 26, 1998. From the Collection of Lars Ulrich
Elektra Entertainment promotional photo in support of Garage Inc., 1998. Photo: Anton Corbijn. From the Collection of James Hetfield