As with any genre, the recordings of contemporary flamenco artists tend to be easier to listen to than older artists, partly because of style, but mostly because of the very basic sound quality issue. Still, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't at least give a try to some of the recordings of the great flamenco masters of the early 20th century, starting with La Niña de Los Peines, born Pastora Pavón Cruz in Sevilla in 1890. She was broadly talented, and could sing every palo
(song style) with equal depth, and her style of singing and palmas
set the tone for a new era of flamenco after the end of the Spanish Civil War
. Because of the era in which she did most of her recording, she never made any full-length LPs, and thus her catalogue of single songs are regularly released and re-released in various collections. Truthfully, almost any of these collections is as good of a starting place as any other, but this one will fit the bill nicely, and seems to be easy enough to find.