Targal describes Charters as "a great guy, a humanitarian with a lot of love for the blues." The band was impressed by Charters who pulled out an old Revox tape player and played original recordings of legendary artists like Skip James singing "I'm So Glad." These were recordings that Charters made while scouring the little clubs of the South capturing blues songs for posterity. They also enjoyed listening to Sam tell stories about he, and his wife Ann's, involvement in anti-war demonstrations like the one when they tossed coffins on the lawn of the White House. The album, Believe, was released in early 1970. The sound quality was pretty good for the times, but the cover art was extremely unappealing. The photographs were not at all complementary. The record received only minimal airplay and only 16,000 units were sold.

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