I was searching for some Beatles information a month or so ago, and ran across a fan site that says "Beatles For Sale" was one of the first gatefold albums. It was released on December 4, 1964 in the UK.. "Help!" OST, was released on August 13, 1965 over here, and is gatefold. BUT , it's a soundtrack. I'm not sure we could count that, as I have suspicions that labels such as Columbia Masterworks were releasing film and Broadway soundtrack LPs with gatefold sleeves. The Beach Boys - "Beach Boys' Party!" was released in around December of 1965 and it is a gatefold sleeve in the U.S. and Canada. I have an original U.K. pressing which is not gatefold. 1967, for me seems to be the year when gatefold LPs began to appear on mass. Velvet Underground - And Nico - March Mothers Of Invention - Absolutely Free - April Beatles - SPLHCB - late May/June Rolling Stones - TSMR - November/December BTW, the original mono and stereo Canadian Velvet Underground and Nico albums were not gatefold. We got ripped off up here quite a bit, particularly in the 1970s. Thank you WEA. Warner Canada was notorious for releasing LPs here that did not fold open, and contained no lyric sheets, despite the fact that "contains lyric sheet" was sometimes printed right on the back sleeve. Carly Simon - "Anticipation" comes to mind. Doobie Brothers - Captain and Me was released here, non-gatefold. My U.S. quad copy is gatefold. What early rock albums released over here or in the U.K. had gatefold sleeves in 1965, and '66?