Thanks to his original '60s recordings on Cameo-Parkway being held hostage by ABKCO, the label that bought the rights, Chubby Checker was forced to cut re-recordings of his hits like "The Twist," "Limbo Rock," "Pony Time," and "Let's Twist Again." One could speculate that Checker could have made enough money to survive by touring the oldies circuit and might have forgone redoing his songs so that seemingly every budget label on earth could release them. But re-record them he did and almost every Checker collection (with the exception of the two on ABKCO from 1972 and 2005) consists of these modern versions. All-Time Greatest Hits (which was retitled and reissued in 2005 as K-Tel Greatest Hits) has ten of these versions, including "The Twist," "Limbo Rock," "Pony Time," and "Let's Twist Again," and as far as re-recordings go, they aren't terrible, though Checker sounds stiff and the musical backing is more polished than it is on other re-recordings. Basically you're wasting your time and money by picking this set. What you need are the original versions.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra