This is Egyptian elevator music. I've never liked American elevator music, and the music on Megastars was just as banal, bland, and mediocre as the American stuff I've heard. The format of this album was that of two medleys. One medley incorporated the Farid Al-Atrache songs, and the other incorporated the Abdel Halim Hafez songs. The arrangement of each medley is a continuous stream of female choral vocals, with almost no variation in rhythm, tempo, or instrumental arrangement for almost 15 minutes straight.
Even if you like the arrangement better than I did, this music would still be a nuisance to use for dance performance because of the continuous 13-14 minute medley:
It would be difficult to extract a shorter clip from the medley to assemble together with other songs into a performance because the medley really is continuous. There are very few good breaks that lend themselves well to cutting.
Upon realizing that I dislike the style so intensely that I would never use it for either dance practice or performance, I then considered whether this collection might be a suitable tool for a newcomer to Middle Eastern music to learn more about the songs made popular by legendary Egyptian singers. So I decided to evaluate this music from that angle, and I found it wasn't suitable for that, either.
One problem is that this entire CD is broken into only 2 tracks: one track of Abdel Halim Hafez's music, and the other of Farid Al-Atrache. I assume the original was probably released on cassette tape, and then each side of the tape was copied in its entirety into a single CD track. Each track is a medley of 14-15 songs that run from one directly into another. There is no apparent break at all from one song to the next. So, when a song I was unfamiliar with transitioned into another that I didn't know either, I had great difficulty figuring out whether the next song had started yet. Except for when a song I knew came on, I usually wasn't sure just which song I was listening to at any given moment. Even when I could identify which song was starting, each song clip was so short (a minute or less each) that it didn't provide much insight into what the song as a whole might sound like.
I suppose this could be used as background music at a restaurant, doctor's waiting room, or similar venue, but I honestly wouldn't consider using it even for that.
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Usually, when an album contains some songs I especially enjoy, I can find something good to say about it even if I don't like the overall musical style. Unfortunately, this album is an exception - even the songs I typically enjoy grate on me with their boring arrangements. I wouldn't even use this as elevator music.
None. I've never had any contact with the musicians featured on this album, or with the producer.
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