- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
The young man who harmonized with a group of friends on a Bronx street corner has come a long way since the 1950s. This CD features the highly requested radio hit "Shu Bop" - a recording that could have been easily slotted between "A Teenager In Love" and "The Wanderer". Dion also honors his Doo Wop roots with "In New York City". Nine of the twelve songs are Dion compositions. Two Bruce Springsteen songs, "Book Of Dreams" and "If I Should Fall Behind," showcase Dion in a more contemporary light.
"... the best record [Dion's] made in years and one of the best records anyone had made this year."
--David Hinckley, New York Daily News , Friday July 21, 2000
"...the doo-wop Sinatra returns, ditching any pretense of modernity with this eerily precise recreation of circa-1962 boardwalk pop; it's the Bronx Vista Social Club. Miraculously, his voice has retained its warm, grainy cockiness (see the lovely "Everyday [That I'm With You]"), and his rama-lama-ding-dong take on Springsteen's "If I Should Fall Behind" is sweet..."
--David Browne, Entertainment Weekly, August 18-25, 2000
Mojo (Publisher) - 10/00, p.104
"...A set of songs that might have been born in the '50s and early '60s but, in the main, are newborn, self-penned cheer-raisers....[An] excellent release."
- 1.Shu Bop (The Lost Track)
- 2.Hug My Radiator
- 3.In New York City
- 4.Ride With You
- 5.Book Of Dreams
- 6.If You Wanna Rock & Roll
- 7.Makin' My Heart Go Boom
- 8.You Move Me
- 9.Every Day (That I'm With You)
- 10.Hey Suzy
- 11.I Can Laugh At It Now
- 12.If I Should Fall Behind
Personnel: Dion DiMucci (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Bob Cadway (electric guitar); Jerry Harshaw (saxophone); Shane Keister (keyboards); Warren Odze (drums); Louis Colletti, Jim Gallager (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Bob Cadway.
Liner Note Author: Dion DiMucci.
Recording information: Bobby Hatton Recording, Pompano Beach, FL; Joe Bologna Recording, Long Island, NY; Media Recording, Merrick, NY; The Upper Room, Boca Raton, FL.
Arranger: Dion DiMucci.
A major influence on artists as varied as roots rocker Dave Edmunds, Lou Reed, and Bruce Springsteen (two of whose Lucky Town songs he covers here), Dion effectively mixes his tough yet delicate city-styled street corner harmonies with basic Chuck Berry chords to produce evocative tunes that, although embedded in the echoes of his youth, bubble with a soothing, low-key effervescence. Dion's perennially youthful voice delightfully swoops and swirls on the autobiographical "In New York City" and the Everly Brothers-styled "Hey Suzy," but it's on the Springsteen tracks, especially the beautiful a cappella ballad "If I Should Fall Behind," which seems like it was written with this arrangement in mind, that the concept fully clicks. The band chugs behind him with shabby charm, the backing vocalists are warm and subtle, the sound sparsely clean, and the album cruises along like a shiny '50s convertible primed on hi-test. Some of these songs, like the magnificent opener "Shu Bop (The Lost Track)," although retro in concept, sound lean and fresh with little of the stylized production of the doo wop era. Dion sings with the joyous vitality of his youth throughout, making the appropriately named Deja Nu one of the best, and most fully realized, albums of his extensive yet uneven career. ~ Hal Horowitz