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Feminina

22/02/2022Far Out Recordings Releases Fabled 11+ Minute Version Of Joyce Moreno’s Iconic Song

Eleven minutes and twenty-five seconds of pure samba jazz spirit led by Brazilian icon Joyce Moreno, aka Joyce, or, as Antônio Carlos Jobim put it, "one of the greatest singers ever." With Record Store Day 2022 ahead, Far Out Recordings have just unveiled one of the finds of the year and although we no longer support the event itself and what in our eyes has become a sort of major label slugfest, this forthcoming release to us represents, what collecting and reissuing vinyl is all about. Needed to get that off our chest, now back to Joyce.

In 1977, Joyce recorded an extended version of her classic song "Feminina" at New York's Columbia Studios, "for the as yet unreleased 'Natureza' album, produced, arranged and conducted by the great Claus Ogerman (Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Billie Holiday and many more). 'Natureza' would have ostensibly been Joyce's big break to international stardom, but mysteriously, it was never released." Somehow, London's Far Out Recordings now managed to get its hands on not only the album, but also this epic version of Joyce's groundbreaking 1980-released track.

Heralding the forthcoming "monumental" release of "Natureza", "Feminina" is now set to receive a long overdue, first-ever 12" release with the 11+ minute version of the song on the A-side and an exclusive interview with Joyce on the B-side. What's more, Joyce is accompanied by an all-star cast of musicians, including Brazilian greats Mauricio Maestro, Naná Vasconcelos and Tutty Moreno alongside American jazz legends Joe Farrell, Michael Brecker, Buster Williams and Mike Manieri, plus a full orchestra. 

The digital version, which you can hear below, was pre-released last Friday. We also included the original album version from 1980 below for reference. 

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom