Although it’s highly unlikely vinyl albums will ever recover their long-held position as the dominant music delivery format, the venerable black wax of yesteryear has enjoyed increasing year-to-year sales more recently.

And just as vinyl epitomized the classic rock era with its glorious, 12" artwork (something CDs, never mind digital formats, could never compete with), the gatefold album sleeve took the art of crafting striking, era-defining design to another level, entirely.

It is precisely that remarkable, increasingly resurgent artistry that we now look to commemorate with the below gallery of the Top 10 Gatefold Album Sleeves.

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