The 4th absolutely tequila-soaked title in Atavistic's Flesh Eaters reissue series- replete with an oversize booklet, 5 rare bonus tracks & liner notes by Byron Coley:
"Time Stands Still was a goddamn monolith of a record when it was first released, back in 1984. Two decades later, it sounds even better. By the point we’ve reached in the 21 Century, no one is surprised by the sounds of acoustic music emerging directly from the maw of punk, but 20 years ago that wasn’t the case. And Time Stands Still was an anomalous waft from one of the greatest punk maws ever.
Members of the ensemble include Julie Christensen, Robyn from the Flesh Eaters, Dave Alvin and Bill Bateman of the Blasters (also ex-Flesh Eaters), John Doe from X (also ex-Flesh Eater), Chris Cacavas and Dan Stuart from Green On Red (whose debut LP Chris had produced), Jeffrey Lee Pierce of the Gun Club (whose debut LP Chris had co-produced), Kid Congo of the Cramps (also ex-Gun Club), Kerry McBride of the Juju Hounds (who had been in Johanna Went’s band with the Dream Syndicate’s Karl Precoda), Slim Evans of Rank & File and Texacala Jones of Tex & the Horseheads.
... From the cover photo– Chris ripped to the tits on strong waters amidst the scorched cacti of northern Mexico – to the gorgeously stark version of the traditional “Frankie Silver,” the vibe on the album was dark, knowing and broken... to many listeners, it was clear that Chris had created a new kind of classic. Maybe even a new archetype. And the album – one of those odd records, produced without a group that could really support it live – became a legend over timespecially in the context of the other material.
Much as I loved the band, there’s something extremely special about the crazy, drunk poet south of the border aura of Time Stands Still. This is as close as we’re ever coming to hearing the naked soul of Chris D. And for anyone who believes (as I do) that Chris is one of the greatest singers and songwriters of our era, Time Stands Still is a fucking stone. Dig it or start digging.
-Byron Coley, Deerfield MA 2004