To me, to LCR or not to LCR is not the question.
To whit, here are a couple of tracks that have (by today's standards) weird panning:
Clearly, some extreme LCR but some interesting choices about where each element is placed in the stereo field (as though you're sitting somewhere in the middle of the band, rather than in the audience facing the band).
As the track progresses, there are other games played but this was the first time I heard a dry signal in one speaker and a full wet signal in the other.
To sum up, your pan knobs are creative tools. Use them.