Night Life (Billy Butler album)

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Night Life
Night Life (Billy Butler album).jpg
Studio album by Billy Butler
Released 1971
Recorded 1971
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 35:43
Label Prestige
PR 7854
Producer Bob Porter
Billy Butler chronology
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
(1970)Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow1970
Night Life
Billy Butler Plays Via Galactica
(1973)Billy Butler Plays Via Galactica1973

Night Life is the fourth album by guitarist Billy Butler which was recorded in 1971 and released on the Prestige label.[1] The album was released on CD combined with Butler's debut album This Is Billy Butler! as Billy Butler: Legends of Acid Jazz in 1998 but, confusingly, was not part the CD release also titled Night Life which compiled Butler's other two albums for Prestige Guitar Soul! and Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Allmusic awarded the compilation album 4½ stars stating "Butler was a versatile musician who, on ballads in particular displayed a very interesting sound, sometimes sliding between notes as if he were playing a steel guitar".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Night Life" (Walt Breeland, Paul Buskirk, Willie Nelson) - 5:58
  2. "Wave" (Antonio Carlos Jobim) - 5:53
  3. "Watch What Happens" (Jacques Demy, Norman Gimbel, Michel Legrand) - 5:06
  4. "Peacock Alley" (Billy Butler, Bill Doggett) - 4:10
  5. "Prelude to a Kiss" (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills) - 5:08
  6. "In a Mellow Tone" (Ellington, Milt Gabler) - 9:43



  1. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed March 8, 2013
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic listing accessed March 8, 2013