A few weeks back (23/04/15) I purchased the unimaginatively but honestly titled great buy at left, "5 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles And Rare Tracks" by Chuck Berry for only NZ$9.99.
I thought I might find this much Chuck Berry at once too much to listen to, but have been pleased to find he has made recordings in a variety of styles, There is also the variety of some fine piano work by Otis Spann, Johnnie Johnson and Lafayette Leake.
Tracks 1 & 2 open the collection with a distinctly Calypso-flavoured number, and then a Latin number complete with bongo/conga percussion. These were early recordings done under the name of Joe Alexander and the Cubans.
Track 21 "Downbound Train" is sort of country-skiffle sounding.
Track 22 "Drifting Heart" is also latin-style.
Track 3 "La Juanda" is a partly Spanish language Latin-style Mexican story.
Track 4 "Rockin At The Philharmonic" gets almost jazzy in the style of Barney Kessell/Wes Montgomery.
Track 8 "In-Go" shows the transition in styles between its blues structure and his Rock & Roll riffing.
Track 17 "Do You Love Me" leans toward New Orleans.
I have only played two discs so far, but I was surprised to find there are a number of pretty straight-up Blues numbers included. I don't know how many people know Chuck Berry did Blues, but I certainly had no idea how Bluesy he could get. I have since found in Wikipedia that his early experience involved "playing the blues since his teens, and he borrowed both guitar riffs and showmanship techniques from blues player T-Bone Walker."
I immediately added the most unusual one to my YouTube playlist "Blues Surprises", covered in my Blog post of 29/11/14 on Blues by people maybe you didn't know did Blues.
Below is a playlist I took the liberty of entitling "One Dozen Blue Berrys", with some Blues numbers by the man: -