Kill to Get Crimson

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Kill to Get Crimson
Kill to Get Crimson Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 September 2007 (2007-09-17)
RecordedBritish Grove Studios
January–March 2007
GenreRoots rock, folk rock
Warner Bros. (USA)
ProducerMark Knopfler
Chuck Ainlay
Guy Fletcher
Mark Knopfler chronology
Real Live Roadrunning
Kill to Get Crimson
Get Lucky
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]
Okayplayer3/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [3]

Kill to Get Crimson is the fifth solo studio album by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released on 17 September 2007 by Mercury Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States.[1] The album's title comes from a line in the song "Let It All Go." The album cover image is taken from the painting Four Lambrettas and Three Portraits of Janet Churchman by John Bratby, painted in 1958. The first singles from the album were "True Love Will Never Fade" in Europe and "Punish The Monkey" in North America.[4] The album debuted at number 26 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling about 23,000 copies in its first week.[5] The Kill to Get Crimson Tour promoting the album started on 29 March 2008 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and ended on 31 July 2008 in Miami, Florida.[6] The album was released on CD, CD/DVD, double vinyl LP, and a Deluxe Set of 180g vinyl LP and CD.

The album track "Secondary Waltz" dates from the early '80s, and was mentioned by Knopfler in an interview in 1985.[7]


Knopfler supported the release of Kill to Get Crimson with the Kill to Get Crimson Tour of Europe and North America, which started on 29 March 2008 in Amsterdam, and included 94 concerts in 88 cities, ending on 31 July 2008 in Miami, Florida. The tour lineup included Mark Knopfler (guitars, vocals), Richard Bennett (guitars), Danny Cummings (drums), Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Matt Rollings (keyboards), Glenn Worf (bass) and John McCusker (fiddle, cittern). The tour included a six-night run at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with Bap Kennedy as the supporting act. Jesca Hoop was the opening act for the North America leg of the tour.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler.

1."True Love Will Never Fade"4:21
2."The Scaffolder's Wife"3:52
3."The Fizzy and the Still"4:07
4."Heart Full of Holes"6:36
5."We Can Get Wild"4:17
6."Secondary Waltz"3:43
7."Punish the Monkey"4:36
8."Let It All Go"5:17
9."Behind with the Rent"4:46
10."The Fish and the Bird"3:45
11."Madame Geneva's"3:59
12."In the Sky"7:29
Total length:56:55



Charts and certification[edit]


Chart (2007) Peak
Australia Albums Chart[9] 41
Austria Albums Chart[9] 10
Belgium Albums Chart[9] 11
Denmark Albums Chart[9] 5
Dutch Albums Chart[9] 4
Finland Albums Chart[9] 15
France Albums Chart[9] 9
Germany Albums Chart[9] 2
Italy Albums Chart[9] 2
Irish Albums Chart[9] 37
Norway Albums Chart[9] 2
Poland Albums Chart[9] 5
Portugal Albums Chart[9] 29
Spain Albums Chart[9] 9
Sweden Albums Chart[9] 4
Swiss Albums Chart[9] 3
UK Albums Chart[9] 9
US Billboard 200[9][10] 26
US Billboard Rock Album[9][10] 9

Albums end of year[edit]

Year Country Chart Rank
2007 Germany IFPI #75 [11]


Organisation Level Date
BPI – UK Silver 12 October 2007
IFPI – Denmark Gold 12 October 2007
IFPI – Switzerland Gold 2007
IFPI – Norway Platinum 12 October 2007


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Kill to Get Crimson". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  2. ^ Okayplayer review Archived 24 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Mark Knopfler official web site 2007/08/07
  5. ^ Katie Hasty, "Reba Outmuscles Kanye, 50 To Score First No. 1",, 26 September 2007.
  6. ^ "Tour Archives". Mark Knopfler Official Website. Archived from the original on 8 December 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Kill to Get Crimson Tour 2008". Mark Knopfler News. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Kill to Get Crimson". aCharts. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Kill to Get Crimson". Billboard. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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