... especially considering that the first disc is all 'New' Metallica, and the second disc is all 'Old' Metallica. While many of the old school fans who have been waiting for this since the Black album will immediatley flock to disc 2 and never look back (granted, it's excellent), there's plenty to like on disc 1, too.
Most notably, Metallica has finally found their footing in their new mid-tempoed rock sound, ironically, through other people's efforts. They pull off Sabbath just as easily as the Misfits just as easily as Bob Seger, and even Lynyrd Skynyrd (featuring LS band members in Tuesday's Gone). The first disc is fairly uneven but the highlights (Turn the Page, Mercyful Fate, Tuesday's Gone, Sabbra Cadabbra, Whiskey in the Jar) stand out as some of late-era Metallica's best. There's plenty more to like on that disc, as well.
Disc 2 is a collection of the oft-bootlegged early covers that Metallica has been doing since 1981, and if old, raw, epic, trashing Metallica is what you want, it will suit you perfectly. The middle-section is the highlight, with Breadfan, Am I Evil?, Prince, and Stone Cold Crazy standing out amongst the bunch.
Garage Inc. will satisfy just about any Metallica follower out there, early-day lover or late-era. For a 2-disc, long compilation, it's focused and Metallica actually sounds like it's having some fun for the first time in awhile.