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Super Eurobeat (Japanese: スーパー ユーロビート, Hepburn: Sūpā Yūrobīto, abbreviated SEB; officially stylized as SUPER EUROBEAT) is a CD compilation series of Eurobeat music in Japan. The series itself is one of the longest-running music compilations. It has been running for over thirty years and the current list consists of 250 volumes (not counting the many "Super Eurobeat presents" albums).
Originally, Time Records, Flea Records and Discomagic were some of the record labels that appeared on the original Super Eurobeat albums. The series began as an Italian Beat Freak release. After eight non-stop albums, the series was changed over to Avex and that was when A-Beat C joined in. The first 10 volumes of Super Eurobeat are mostly Italo disco, which is quite different from the modern Eurobeat. The slower beats and serious '80s tone make this music stand out from the rest.
The term "Super Eurobeat" is sometimes misunderstood and misused outside Japan as a music genre (which is synonymous to the Eurobeat genre used in the Japanese market).
The last volume originally was considered: Super Eurobeat Vol.250 but in a recent interview with SEB Adviser and resident DJ, DJ BOSS (Y&Co. Ltd.) he confirmed that Super Eurobeat would definitely be continuing but as a yearly release only, starting with "The Best of Super Eurobeat 2019".
Most SEB albums feature the same group of artists, most of which are aliases, such as the following: Pamsy, Cherry, Rich Hard, Dream Fighters, Dave Rodgers, Manuel, Hotblade, and more.
After Super Eurobeat had transferred to Avex Trax, the CDs themselves were released at a constant rate for the most part, save a few instances where two CDs came out the same day and that Super Eurobeat was not produced for a good portion of a year. In 1994, the original 8 Super Eurobeat albums were also re-released under Avex Trax. The pattern of Super Eurobeat albums were usually 2–3 regular albums, a nonstop album, 2-3 albums, a nonstop album, 2-3 albums, and a large compilation album (usually a request countdown). Since Super Eurobeat Vol. 30, these compilation albums generally fall on every tenth album. Early regular albums contained 13 extended tracks, while starting from Vol. 64, the albums contain 18 CD-edit tracks.
Since the 150s, with the exception of volume 165 (which was a megamix), every SEB became a normal 18 track release with every 10th album being a compilation album with an extra DVD usually containing ParaPara. 150 was an Anniversary mix with Disc 1 being the History of Eurobeat and Disc 2 being the History of J-Euro (this is out of the ordinary), and 160 was a request countdown (like the other tenth albums of the 100s are). This pattern discontinued with the release of 187, in which it returned to the old 13 extended track format.
Number of tracks in each volume, excluding non-stop albums and bonus discs:
- Vol. 9 - 13: 9-10
- Vol. 14 - 32: 12
- Vol. 34: 14
- Vol. 1 - 8 (re-released), 35–62, 187 - 189: 13
- Vol. 64–132, 141–186: 18
- Vol. 134–139: 15, with CD-Extra audios or videos
- Vol. 191–196: 13, with a non-stop megamix track of all songs
- Vol. 197–199: 30 Track Nonstop Megamix
- Vol. 200: 20th Anniversary CD. CD 1 contains a 100-song megamix from the series's history. CD 2 is a mix of popular J-Euro
- Vol. 201–209: 14, 12 extended tracks, 1 J-Euro remix track, and 1 English remix track (usually a Eurock remix)
- Vol. 211–219: 15, 14 extended tracks and 1 remix track.
- Vol. 221 onward: 15 extended tracks, except Vol.222 which had a 16th track because a track on 221 had a mastering error and the correct version was re-released.
The songs are CD-Edits (also called "SEB Edit" in Japan, and "Radio edit" overseas) in Vol. 64–186, but extended versions in other releases.
- Vol.241 onward: 15 extended tracks songs CD-Edits have tax out re-released.
- Vol. 246 is the last entry to contain new eurobeat songs with the next four releases being series recap albums.
- Delta (Vol. 64 onwards)
- SCP (Vol. 141 onwards)
- Hi-NRG Attack (Vol. 141 onwards)
- Asia Records (Boom Boom Beat) (Vol. 161–169, 186–209, 221-onward)
- GoGo's Music (Vol. 175 onwards)
- Sinclairestyle (Vol. 186 onwards)
- Dima Music (Vol. 188 onwards)
- Sun Fire Records (Vol. 206 onwards)
Asia Records/Boom Boom Beat was active during the 161-169 but had a blackout from volume 170 to 185 where only older tracks in extended format got released.
- Time Records(Under Italian Beat Freak Label: Vol.1 - 8)
- A-Beat C (Vol. 9 - 205) (Resurrect in vol. 221–226)
- Time Records(Vol. 14–194) (Resurrect only in vol. 202)
- Vibration (Vol. 141 - 159)
- Eurogrooves (Vol. 192–209)
Even if A-Beat-C tracks are being released on Vol.221 to 226, those tracks are old and unreleased tracks from before 2009. No new tracks are being produced under those labels and this is why it is still considered defunct.
Highlights from Super Eurobeat history
- 21.01.1990 - Super Eurobeat - 001 - The first Beat Freak album is released. Time is the only label until Vol.8.
- 25.11.1990 - Super Eurobeat - 009 - Avex takes over distribution of the series. A-Beat C joins and it is the only label in the series.
- 10.08.1991 - Super Eurobeat - 014 - Time re-joins the series.
- 10.11.1994 - Super Eurobeat - 001 - 004 - Re-released by Avex.
- 10.12.1994 - Super Eurobeat - 005 - 008 - Re-released by Avex.
- 21.02.1996 - Super Eurobeat - 064 - Delta joins the series. The regular format changes from 13 extended tracks to 18 shorter radio edits, to allow more exposure per label.
- 21.03.1997 - Super Eurobeat - 076 - The first Super Remix Collection bonus disc is included.
- 04.08.1999 - Super Eurobeat - 100 - The series reaches its 100th album milestone.
- 22.01.2003 - Super Eurobeat - 134 - The 18 track format drops to 15, in favour of bonus video content.
- 18.09.2003 - Super Eurobeat - 141 - HI-NRG Attack, SCP and Vibration join the series. The number of tracks returns to 18.
- 28.09.2005 - Super Eurobeat - 161 - Boom Boom Beat joins the series, while Vibration departs.
- 27.09.2006 - Super Eurobeat - 171 - Boom Boom Beat departs from the series.
- 31.01.2007 - Super Eurobeat - 174 - Avex expands the album format with a bonus disc each month, alternating between re-releases of old songs in extended format, special megamixes, and remixes of newer songs.
- 28.02.2007 - Super Eurobeat - 175 - Go Go's Music joins the series.
- 02.04.2008 - Super Eurobeat - 186 - Boom Boom Beat rejoins the series. Sinclaire Style joins the series for the first time.
- 07.05.2008 - Super Eurobeat - 187 - The bonus disc is dropped, while the main disc's 18 track radio edit format is reverted to the 13 track extended format after 12 years.
- 04.06.2008 - Super Eurobeat - 188 - Dima Music joins the series for the first time.
- 01.10.2008 - Super Eurobeat - 191 - Series takes on a new themed format, with the first being a driving-themed compilation.
- 05.11.2008 - Super Eurobeat - 192 - Sergio Dall'ora rejoins the series with his own Eurogrooves label, replacing Time Records presence. With party themed. A cover song "Wait for You" by Ace was Dancefloor Night Mix version.
- 03.03.2010 - Super Eurobeat - 201 - The series reverts once again to a 12 track extended format, this time with one J-Euro remix and one rock remix.
- 04.08.2010 - Super Eurobeat - 206 - Dave Rodgers only as composer, helps Futura Prince to write songs to join the series with her label, Sun Fire Records.
- 02.02.2011 - Super Eurobeat - 211 - Speed Records joins the series substituting for Boom Boom Beat which was in hiatus then. Both labels are under Mauro Farina's Saifam group.
- 23.01.2013 - Super Eurobeat - 221 - In 2012, Super Eurobeat was on hiatus and made a comeback in January 2013 with the 221st volume which introduced a new release pace: a volume every two months. The release uses the 15 extended tracks format with resurrection of A-Beat.C with unreleased tracks until vol. 225 and the exception of volume 222 where the 16th track was included due to a mastering error in volume 221.
- 20.12.2017 - Super Eurobeat - 246 - Originally said and confirmed by producers to be the last Super Eurobeat containing new music. Volume 247-248-249 are recaps of the whole series. Volume 250 was planned to be the last of the series, even though a nostalgic revival of Eurobeat is happening in Japan at the moment. Resident DJ, DJ BOSS (Y&Co. Ltd.) confirmed that Vol. 250 is not the final entry and that the series will continue as a yearly released series.
Super Eurobeat presents
Besides the main compilation series, albums with different themes are also released with the "Super Eurobeat" name. Also, in November 2008, albums focused on specific artists such as Dave Rodgers, Go2, Domino and Niko were released on worldwide iTunes. These are called the "Super Eurobeat presents" compilations. They include:
- Aishu Euro Special
- Euro Hit Box
- Euro Movement
- Eurobeat Revolution
- GTC Special
- Hi-NRG '80s
- Hyper Star Energy
- Initial D ABSOLUTE ALBUM feat. Keisuke Takahashi
- Initial D ABSOLUTE ALBUM feat. Takumi Fujiwara
- Initial D Battle Stage
- Initial D Best Song Collection 1998-2004
- Initial D Dream Collection
- Initial D Non-Stop Mix from Takumi-selection
- Initial D Non-Stop Mix from Keisuke-selection
- Initial D D-Best Selection
- Initial D D-Selection
- Initial D Fifth Stage D-Selection
- Initial D Fifth Stage non-stop D-Selection
- Initial D Final D-Selection
- Initial D Fourth Stage Best
- Initial D Fourth Stage D-Selection
- Initial D Fourth Stage non-stop Selection
- Initial D Special Stage
- Initial D Super Euro Best
- Initial D the movie of Super Eurobeat
- Initial D Vocal Battle
- J-Euro Original Collection
- JGTC Special
- Ayu-ro Mix (1, 2, 3)
- Euro Every Little Thing
- Euro Global
- Euro "Dream" Land
- Hyper Euro MAX
- J-Euro Best
- J-Euro Non-Stop Best
The albums are currently missing from the iTunes Store and it is unknown whether or not they will return.
|2000||Japan Gold Disc Award||Super Eurobeat Presents Initial D ~D Non-Stop Mega Mix~||Avex||Animation Album of the Year||Won|
|2000||Japan Gold Disc Award||Super Eurobeat Vol. 100 - Anniversary Special Request Count Down 100!!||Avex||Album of the Year||Won|
|2001||Japan Gold Disc Award||Super Eurobeat Presents Initial D Best Selection||Avex||Animation Album of the Year||Won|
|2001||Japan Gold Disc Award||Super Eurobeat Vol. 110 - Millennium Anniversary Non-Stop Megamix||Avex||Album of the Year||Won|