1975 Nikki Giovanni – The Way I Feel

The Way I Feel is an album by Nikki Giovanni, released in 1975.

Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr. (born June 7, 1943) is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world’s most well-known African-American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children’s literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal and the NAACP Image Award. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her poetry album, The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has been named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends”.


1  The Way I Feel (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 2:54
2  Seduction / Kidnap Poem (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 3:10
3  Just A NY Poem (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 3:53
4  Butterflies / I Remember (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 2:05
5  Luxury / Poem (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 2:33
6  My House (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 3:36
7  The Women Gather (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 2:20
8  The Life I Led (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 3:02
9  When I Die (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 2:13
10  Revolutionary Dreams (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 1:39
11  Winter Poem (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 0:59
12  A Certain Peace / When I Nap (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 4:16
13  Poem For A Lady Whose Voice I Like (Arif Mardin; Nikki Giovanni) 2:48



BassDoug Bascomb
BassGordon Edwards
DrumsBernard Purdie
DrumsSteve Gadd
DrumsErrol Bennett
GuitarCornell Dupree
KeyboardsRichard Tee
KeyboardsPaul Griffin
SynthesizerKen Bichel
PercussionWinston Grennan
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsMyrna Smith
Background VocalsSylvia Shemwell

Other Musicians

2 Seduction / Kidnap Poem

FluteDavid Newman
SaxDavid Newman

3 Just A NY Poem

SaxCharlie Brown

5 Luxury / Poem

SaxCharlie Brown

6 My House

FluteDavid Newman
SaxDavid Newman

11 Winter Poem

FluteDavid Newman
SaxDavid Newman

Liner Notes

Producer – Arif Mardin
Engineer (Recording) – Bobby Warner
Engineer (Additional) – Gene Paul, Lew Hahn

Photography – Jerry Weider

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York