Aware Records Readies 'Hits' Compilation

Aware Records, an independent label that has championed grassroots bands since 1993 and kick-started the careers of such acts as Train, Hootie & the Blowfish, and matchbox twenty, has set an Oct.

Aware Records, an independent label that has championed grassroots bands since 1993 and kick-started the careers of such acts as Train, Hootie & the Blowfish, and matchbox twenty, has set an Oct. 29 release date for "Greatest Hits" (Aware/Columbia), a collection of songs that originally featured on Aware compilations.

John Mayer ("My Stupid Mouth"), Five For Fighting ("Easy Tonight"), and Vertical Horizon ("Man Who Would Be Santa") are among the artists featured on "Greatest Hits," alongside Aware alumni Better Than Ezra ("Good"), Train ("Meet Virginia"), and Verve Pipe ("Spoonful of Sugar"). The version of "3 AM" on "Greatest Hits" is credited to Tabitha's Secret, a Florida band that later changed its name to matchbox twenty.

Aware, run by entrepreneur Gregg Latterman, released its first compilation in 1993, featuring unsigned bands who had gained audiences through grassroots promotion and touring. The label has since released eight more in the series, available from its official Web site. The label later forged a pact with Columbia Records, which allowed it to release full-length albums by some of the compilation artists. Since then, the label has released such successes as Train's self-titled debut, Five For Fighting's "America Town," and John Mayer's "Room for Squares."

The Gufs, Verve Pipe, and Cary Pierce re-recorded their songs for the "Greatest Hits" compilation, while Train's "Meet Virginia" is a live acoustic version.

Here is the full track listing for Aware's "Greatest Hits":

"My Stupid Mouth," John Mayer
"3 AM," Tabitha's Secret (matchbox twenty)
"Good," Better Than Ezra
"Easy Tonight," Five For Fighting
"Eleanor," Shannon Worrell
"Man Who Would Be Santa," Vertical Horizon
"Meet Virginia," Train
"Give Back Yourself," the Gufs
"Spoonful of Sugar," Verve Pipe
"Lullaby," Shawn Mullins
"Window," Guster
"Old Man & Me," Hootie & The Blowfish
"Vineyard," Cary Pierce
"Solitude," Edwin McCain