The album is what you purchase, no paper sleeve, but a plastic protective sleeve as the graphics are emblazoned on the vinyl. Kind of cool, but I was hoping for the old style cardboard sleeve. The audio quality is awesome, but I grew up with albums ( NO, not 78's !! ) such as The Beatles, Stones, Who, CSN&Y. This was my first MJ album. Worth it. Buy it. MP3's and the like do not reproduce the audio image like an ALBUM !