Welcome to the Cruise

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Welcome to the Cruise
Judie tzuke - welcome to the cruise.jpg
Cover art by Hipgnosis
Studio album by Judie Tzuke
Released May 1979
Recorded AIR Studios, London
Genre Pop / Rock
Length 40:32
Label Rocket
Producer John Punter, Lem Lubin
Judie Tzuke chronology
Welcome to the Cruise
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Smash Hits 8/10[1]

Welcome to the Cruise is the title of the debut album by the British singer-songwriter Judie Tzuke, released in 1979. The album peaked at no.14 on the UK Albums Chart[2] and was certified Gold in 1981 by the British Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.[3]

Recorded and mixed at AIR Studios in London, the album includes the hit single "Stay With Me Till Dawn", which peaked at no.16 in the UK and remains Tzuke's only Top 40 hit to date (the album was also titled Stay With Me till Dawn in the USA). In 2002, "Stay With Me Till Dawn" was chosen by the British public as one of the fifty best British songs 1952–2002 (ranking number 39).[4] In 2004, the song was sampled by Mylo for the track "Need You Tonite", which is taken from his album Destroy Rock & Roll.

The tracks "For You" and "Sukarita" were originally produced by Lem Lubin. "These Are the Laws" was originally a 7" single released under the name of "Tzuke and Paxo" ("Paxo" being Mike Paxman, Tzuke's long-time musical collaborator).

Originally released on vinyl album and cassette by The Rocket Record Company in 1979, the album was reissued on CD in 2000 by Tzuke's own record company, Big Moon Records.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Judie Tzuke and Mike Paxman

Side one
  1. "Welcome to the Cruise" – 4:58
  2. "Sukarita" – 3:26
  3. "For You" – 2:40
  4. "These Are the Laws" – 4:41
  5. "Bring the Rain" – 5:05
Side two
  1. "Southern Smiles" – 3:51
  2. "Katiera Island" – 5:12
  3. "Ladies Night" – 4:02
  4. "New Friends Again" – 2:42
  5. "Stay With Me Till Dawn" – 3:55


  • John Punter – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Lem Lubin – producer on "Sukarita and "For You"
  • Steve Nye, Colin Fairley – engineers
  • Tim Cuthberson – assistant engineer


  1. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (14–27 June 1979): 25. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to the Cruise Chart Stats". Chart Stats.com. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ BPI Certifications Database
  4. ^ "Best of British Top 50". BBC Press Office. BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 

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