Review: The Testors

The Testors
“Complete Recordings 1976-79”
(Swami Records)

The Testors is an underreported but messy, blatant little blotch on the New York punk scene of the last half of the ’70s. This 2-CD set of unabashed, unrepentant, explosive punk rock from the group is among the best available from the period. This is the angry, seminal group that inspired many, never had a major record deal and spawned the career of Sonny Vincent. The CD set has 37 tracks of pure, wild punk rock with an eight-selection live section. This is the first time on CD for a good portion of these tracks, many of which are previously unreleased.