Isaac Hayes music is timeless; now that might sound like an obvious statement, but this song is proof. If you weren't aware that this song was produced by Hayes in 1995, would you be able to tell it wasn't a product of a Stax session in the 70's? His sound even works with someone else's lyrics, in this case a cover of a Sting song. His version is a very stark, poignant rendition, but Hayes' version knocks his lyrics into the stratosphere. Isaac's version first saw the light of day on Branded, his last studio album, released on Point Blank Records, a pet project of John Wooler, former deputy head of A&R at Virgin records. As well as signing Isaac Hayes, Wooler had the likes of John Lee Hooker, Solomon Burke, Pops Staples and Van Morrison on the label roster; quite a stable of talent.
This version is The Complete Moses Experience version, from the US-market CD promo; thirteen minutes and forty six seconds of pure heaven, a blissfully long intro and the payoff is HUGE.