Chubby Checker

Greatest Hits [Prime Cuts]

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Greatest Hits [Prime Cuts] Review

by Tim Sendra

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. Greatest Hits (on Prime Cuts from 1997) has ten of these versions, including "The Twist" and "Let's Twist Again," and as far as re-recordings go, they're really not too bad, as they're well sung and have relatively lively musical backing. Pleasant as they are, they don't come close to the originals, and that's what you should be looking for.

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