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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 the longest running music compilation in the entire world. 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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
The albums are currently missing from the iTunes Store and it is unknown whether or not they will return.
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Eurobeat refers to two styles of dance music that originated in Europe: one is a British variant of Italian Eurodisco-influenced dance-pop, and the other is a hi-NRG-driven form of Italo disco. Both forms were developed in the 1980s.
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Loveppears is the second studio album by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released in Japan, Hong Kong and China on November 10, 1999 through Avex Trax and the China Record Corporation, and distributed worldwide on April 10, 2001 by Avex Entertainment Inc. It was entirely written by Hamasaki herself, while the production was handled by Japanese musician Max Matsuura. Musically, Loveppears is a dance album and lyrically focuses on themes of love, frustration of life, loneliness, and individualism.
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"Fly High" is a song recorded by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released by Avex Trax in Japan on February 9, 2000, and through Avex Entertainment Inc. worldwide in September 2008. The recording served as Hamasaki's third and final limited edition single from her second studio album, Loveppears (1999), limiting physical units to 300,000 copies. The track was written by the singer herself, while production was handled by long-time collaborator Max Matsuura. Two versions of "Fly High" were made available for consumption—a radio edit composed by HΛL, and the album version produced by Dai Nagao. Lyrically, the song was written in third person perspective.
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"Body Feels Exit" is Namie Amuro's debut solo single on the Avex Trax label. Released nine days after her only album with former label, Toshiba-EMI, "Body Feels Exit" debuted in the top three on the Oricon chart and would be her first of 24 consecutive top ten solo singles.
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Super Eurobeat Presents Euro Every Little Thing is a remix album, consisting of recordings by Japanese pop group Every Little Thing remixed by various eurobeat producers from Italy, released in 2001 by Avex Trax.
Bratt Sinclaire is an Italian Eurobeat/Italo disco producer. He has produced a countless number of tracks for the Super Eurobeat series, the world's longest running series of dance compilation albums. He is the founder and owner of the dance music record label SinclaireStyle and one of the three co-founders of Delta, one of the most known Eurobeat record labels.
J-Euro Non-Stop Best is a megamix compilation album, consisting of recordings by various Avex artists produced and/or remixed by various music producers mostly those of eurobeat from Italy, released in 2001 by Avex Trax.
Super Eurobeat Presents Euro Dream Land is a remix album, consisting of recordings by Japanese all-girl dance band Dream, released in the late 2000 by Avex Trax.
Alberto Contini is an Italian musician. He has been the vocalist, bassist or keyboardist for the Italian extreme metal band Bulldozer since the early 1980s and has produced many works in the Italo disco and Eurobeat scenes since the early 1990s.
Super Eurobeat presents Hyper Euro Max is the first remix album released by Japanese girlgroup MAX, featuring eurobeat-style remixes of the group's songs. It was released on June 28, 2000 on the Avex Trax label, and reached number five on the Oricon weekly charts.
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