The title implies a party record, but much of this bluesiest of Sam Cooke albums is downbeat stuff, as the master adapts the gospel standard "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," shakes his head at a "Mean Old World," and picks covers like … see full wiki
... I would prefer to shut up and just have you listen to this (but then you wouldn't have a review, so here we go). There never was and probably never will be another singer like Sam Cooke. His terrific voice, his unsurpassed ability to bring feelings across, even in those pre-video days, pre surround and what not days, just through old radios and vinyl, is pure genius. This album has "just" 12 songs, a few musicians and then of course The Voice, Sam Cooke. As the title suggests, mostly slow tunes, somewhere between blues and gospel, with a piano (or organ) as main support. Sam never needed more. A very personal recording, as if sung just for you. Sam Cooke knew exactly what he wanted and as far as I can judge he was his own best critic. Barney Kessel on guitar, Ray Johnson piano, Billy Preston organ, Clifford Hill bass, Hal Blaine drums. This blew Ray Charles away - you need better advice? Get it!!!
(one small note on the different editions: as long as you buy one that has 12 songs and Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen as a first and Shake Rattle And Roll as the last you're on the safe side. I have both the 01 and the 05 edition. One has a little more tape hiss and the other one a slightly less prominent instrumentation. Personally I prefer the 05 one mastered by Bob Ludwig)