I had a similar experience, but the artist was The Free Design. I first heard their song, 'Love you' on the credits of Stranger Than Fiction, starring Will Ferrell. The song sounded glorious in its film form, having tracked the originals, I was less than impressed, but the recording was from 1978. It's a shame they don't get their material remastered, it's truly brilliant stuff. I hope Sam Beams second album warrants more studio attention, but I also believe we wouldn't be witnessing the fruits of his labour (at this moment in time) had he not made the whole thing himself, and that surely must be a good thing.
Btw: Where do I stand if I haven't heard the remastered film tracks, and only have the amazon track preview as a point of reference.
Is it correct to assume one becomes a die hard fan, only by purchasing their first album?
I haven't got the album, but the previews sound charmingly low-key, I think it would make a nice gift. The gift receiver may even find the low-brow recordings mildly charming.
I'm hoping they will find it adds character to the artists recordings, and perhaps they will appreciate it all the more. I hope they wont' mind my borrowing it ^^