I think the album should be viewed on its own merits. Yes, Brian is hardly on it. But he's hardly on Holland either. The Beach Boys had a huge pool of talent. Luckily they often displayed it during the 1970s. If you listen to the album and sideline the internal politics clearly going on during this period, it's a very rewarding listen. I really like the album packaging too. You can pick up this album crazy cheap on vinyl. Often less than £5. It's worth that easily. And my original pressing sounds great.