Anyone questioning Daryl Braithwaite’s entry into the ARIA Hall of Fame as a solo artist (following Sherbet’s 1990 induction) need only survey the tracklisting of this double-disc compilation.

You couldn’t meet a more laidback star than Braithwaite, but this belies a remarkable work ethic; from 1974 to 1979, as Sherbet released 18 singles, Braithwaite issued eight solo singles, including the smash hits You’re My World, Old Sid and Love Has No Pride. A career lull ensued in the ’80s before Braithwaite delivered Edge, a comeback classic to stand alongside Whispering Jack. This career retrospective gathers songs from every Braithwaite album, apart from 1993’s ill-fated Taste The Salt (surely there was room for Barren Ground?).

The five new recordings – including covers of Carole King’s Up On The Roof, Chicago’s If You Leave Me Now and Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes – showcase Braithwaite’s brilliant vocals. He wrote some of the songs here, including One Summer and Higher Than Hope, but his real skill is as a song interpreter. If you need any proof, just check out Rickie Lee Jones’ uninspired original version of The Horses. Braithwaite turned it into a classic – an Aussie anthem. Genius.

Days Go By is out now via Sony.

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