Odyssey

Native New Yorker

Song Review by

At this time disco was just becoming ubiquitous and “Native New Yorker” hit the charts in a big way in late 1977. It’s easy to see why this was immediately loved. This attains the glitz and energy inherent in late ‘70s New York. Gifted with killer lines and deft turns of phrases, this song’s wit and panache made it stand out. Despite the brisk and steady pace, there is an undercurrent of caution in this track. The writers, Sandy Linzer and Denny Randall didn’t offer any conclusions or a happy ending. If they did the song would have lost its strength and momentum. Really it was the candor and the obvious love for the city and skillful observations about relationships that made this click.

Lillian Lewis’s cynical lead vocal gave the song its necessary lack of sweetness.

Like the city detailed in the song “Native New Yorker” offers a plethora of styles. From the Van McCoy type intro, the hustle-type beat, to the retro, sophisticated horns in the chorus, this really pulled it all together. “Native New Yorker” hit the pop charts at #21. It has subsequently been used in films like 1998’s 54 and is an instance of right place, right people and precisely the right time.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1978
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Greatest Hits [RCA] 1990 RCA
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 70's 1990
Various Artists
RCA 5:32
The RCA Records Label: The First Note in Black Music 1992
Various Artists
RCA 5:31
Mega Hits Dance Classics, Vol. 13 1993
Various Artists
Priority Records 4:24
Disco Nights, Vol. 4: Disco Groups 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 5:28
Heavy Breathing: The Crunch High-Energy Workout 1996
Various Artists
RCA 4:21
Club Cutz, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
RCA 5:32
Disco 54: The Studio Collection 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Non-Stop Disco, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 4:54
Mega Hits: Disco Explosion, Vol. 4 1997
Various Artists
Priority Records 4:25
Best Disco Album in the Universe, Vol. 6 1997
Various Artists
Essex 5:34
The Greatest Hits [Camden] 1997 RCA Camden
Turn the Beat Around: Great Disco Hits 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:22
No Image 1997
Various Artists
4:22
Native New Yorker: Disco Classics 1997
Various Artists
BMG 3:29
The Number Ones: Soul on Fire 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 5:33
Greatest Hits Remixes 1998 Hot Productions 8:18
Hits of the 70's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Valmark 5:34
54, Vol. 1 1998
Original Soundtrack
Tommy Boy 5:28
Disco Frenzy 1998
Various Artists
Hot Productions 3:26
The Very Best of Odyssey [Waxworks] 1998 Wax Works 3:45
Big 12 Inches: So Excited 1999
Various Artists
Buddha Records 5:34
Best Disco Album in the World...Ever!, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:14
Disco Hits [Calamari] 2000
Various Artists
Calamari Records 4:24
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1977 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:31
Disco Essentials [Delta] 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:31
Shake Your Booty: Funk and Disco Essentials 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:31
Disco Boogie [2000] 2000
Various Artists
MRA / Mastersound 3:43
City Rocks: New York 2000
Various Artists
Cityrocks 4:25
Disco's Greatest Hits 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:30
Dream Merchant and Other Classic Seventies Hits 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 5:34
Disco Fever [Direct Source] 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:44
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:31
Disco Nights [MCA Special Products] 2001 Crimson Productions 3:26
Turn the Beat Around 2002
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:22
The Very Best of Odyssey [First Budget International] 2002 First Budget 3:44
Disco Nights [Chakras Dream] 2002
Various Artists
Chakras Dream 3:45
The Seventies: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:41
Soul Party [Prestige Elite] 2002
Various Artists
Prestige Elite Records 3:44
The Seventies - A Decade to Remember: Soul Explosion 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:44
Decade of Dance Hits 2003
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:45
Rhythm and Blues Hits 2003
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:43
The D.I.S.C.O. Album 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:32
Real 70's R&B [Disc 3] 2003
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:24
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:30
Dance Party Classics [BMG Special Products] 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:30
Real '70s: R&B 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:24
No Image 2004
Original TV Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 5:34
Gimme Some Lovin' 2004
Various Artists
Allegro Corporation 3:46
Rolling Back the Years: 1976-1977 2004
Various Artists
Prism Entertainment 3:47
Dance Grooves [Northquest] 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 3:46
Ladies Night [Columbia River 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:46
Legends 2005 Camden 5:32
Greatest Disco Hits 2005
Various Artists
Compendia Music Group 3:43
R&B Classics: Show & Tell 2005
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:47
Rolling Back the Years: The 70's 2005
Various Artists
Dove 3:47
Journey Through the 70's 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:46
R&B: I Say a Little Prayer 2005
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:47
The Real Disco Classics 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:45
K-Tel Presents: Dance to the Music 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:33
Disco Party [Direct Source] 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:46
Ultimate Disco [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:30
Disco Classics 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 3:44
Hits of the 70s [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 3:46
Ultimate Collection: Disco 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:46
Mastercuts Disco 2007
Various Artists
Mastercuts 3:43
Best of Odyssey 2007 Mastercuts Gold 5:35
The Nanny Diaries 2007
Original Soundtrack
Adrenaline 5:35
The No. 1 70s Pop Album 2007
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:27
Party On The Beach 2007
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:45
Pure... 70s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:27
Soul: Mama Used to Say 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 3:46
Now! That's What I Call Disco 2013
Various Artists
Now! 3:26
100 Hits: Supersonic 70s
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG TV 3:27
100 Hits: The Best Seventies Album
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 3:27
54, Vol. 1 [Music from the Miramax Motion Picture]
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 5:28
70's Songs
Various Artists
Crimson / Sony Music 3:28
70s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson 3:27
The Seventies: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel UK]
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:44