Vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered edition. Guillermo Portabales (1911-1970) was a unique performer of the Cuban guajira rhythm, whose influence and popularity has reached far beyond his native Cuba to North and South America and West Africa. His music had a significant influence on the artists who eventually came together as Buena Vista Social Club (a cover of one of his most famous songs 'El Carretero' features on the multi-million selling Buena Vista Social Club album), as well as notable Senegalese artists Orchestra Baobab and Cheikh L�. This collection of his classic 60s recordings was compiled by Nick Gold specifically for release on World Circuit in 1996.