(Japanese: スーパー ユーロビート also "SEB") is a Japanese
CD compilation series of Eurobeat
music. The series itself is one of the longest running in the entire world. It has been running for over eighteen years and consists of over 187 volumes as of May 2008. Originally, Time Records
, Flea Records
were some of the record labels that appeared on the original Super Eurobeat albums. The series began as a Beat Freak
release, which lasted for 8 albums, after that the series was changed over to Avex
, and that's also 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 80's tone make this music stick out from the rest.
(Credit: Eurobeat Prime
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 Eurobeats 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). These compilation albums generally fall on every tenth album. Early regular albums contained 13 extended tracks, while recently regular albums contain 18 CD-edit tracks. The most recent release has returned to the 13-track form.
Since the 150s, with the exception of volume 165 (which was a megamix), every SEB has been 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 oridinary), 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 reverted to 13 Extended-form tracks.
Current Super Eurobeat Labels
Highlights from Super Eurobeat History
- 21.01.1990 - Super Eurobeat - 001 - The first Beat Freak album is released. Time is the only label at the start.
- 25.11.1990 - Super Eurobeat - 009 - Avex takes over distribution of the series. A-Beat C joins the series.
- 10.11.1994 - Super Eurobeat - 001 - 004 - Re-released by Avex.
- 21.10.1994 - Super Eurobeat - 050 - The first bigger compilation with all of the biggest hits.
- 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. Vibration is no longer in the series.
- 27.09.2006 - Super Eurobeat - 171 - Boom Boom Beat is no longer in 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 entitled "Enjoy Your Drive". A non-stop mix is also added as a 14th track. Time Records is notably absent for the first time since the series' inception. One of Time Records producers creates new label called Eurogroove to be featured on Super Eurobeat Vol.192 for the first time.
Super Eurobeat presents
Besides the main compilation series, Albums with different themes are also released with the Super Eurobeat name. These are called the "Super Eurobeat presents" compilations. Some of the most famous include:
- Aishu Euro Special
- Ayu-Ro Mix
- Euro Every Little Thing
- Euro Global
- Euro Hit Box
- Euro Movement
- Eurobeat Revolution
- GTC Special
- Hi-NRG '80s
- Hyper Star Energy
- Initial D D-Selection
- J-Euro Original Collection
- JGTC Special