Pebbles, Volume 4 is a compilation album in the Pebbles series that has been issued in both LP and CD formats. Unlike other volumes in the series – which compile obscure garage rock and psychedelic rock music – Volume 4 collects rare examples of surf rock. The LP is subtitled Summer Means Fun, while the CD is subtitled Surf N Tunes. As on the first two volumes, an odd track from a well-known artist – Jan & Dean in this instance – is included on the album. Lloyd Thaxton had a widely syndicated pop music television program in the 1960s, The Lloyd Thaxton Show. Dave Edmunds – the only artist represented that is not American – had numerous hit songs in the late 1970's and early 1980's; the song presented here is among his earliest recordings. The Trashmen are renowned for their 1963 hit "Surfin' Bird" and, surprisingly, are a prolific enough band that a 4-CD box set was released several years ago on Sundazed Records.
- Martin Winfree