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Are you referring to "Crosstown Traffic"?  If so, I don't think I've ever listened to it (any of its mixes) on headphones.  As a matter of fact, I don't listen to much of the psychedelic music from that/my era on headphones, as I find the mixes to seemingly be more interested in "playing with your head" than presenting the music (I wonder why that would be?).  One of the major exceptions for me is anything Brian Wilson ever did.  I think he really understood how to use the board to enhance the music.  And "Astral Weeks".  I do listen to other (non trippy) 60s/70s stuff on headphones when I want/need to actually hear the music, since I don't have a sound system that delivers it well.

As an aside: my freshman roommate in college (1970) was a music "techie" and we hooked up an oscilloscope to my stereo to provide the only "visuals" for music in our dorm (I guess we could've used Joshua Light Show petrie dishes but...).  Hey, it was a big deal at the time. At any rate, he helped develop the mixing board for Stony Brook's major concert series, so I was subjected to way too many bad attempts at using too many tracks in too many ways.  As an aside to the aside, he wound up getting on the credits for the "No Nukes Concert" documentary, since he worked in the sound truck as part of Wally Heider studios later on.  Wonder what happened to him?

As an aside to the aside: I've gone to several CH lunches that included Steve Remote, who changed his name to reflect what he does for a living (& does well, I might add).  Btw, I'm not referring to the Steve part.  Lots of meal conversation about these issues.

No more asides.  At least for now.

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Unlike you (if I remember right), I kind of enjoy all the exaggerated panning in the original stereo mix on speakers:  it kind of blows your mind groovily.

But on headphones, boy are you right:  it blows your mind in the wrong way.

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I've always been confused about the folks who want the plane to come from behind them & zoom overhead on its way to the screen action.  I'm watching a movie, not sitting in the middle of the battlefield.  And that's what I want to do -- watch the screen and hear the sound coming from that vicinity.  Similarly, I've just about never gotten a concert ticket to sit between dueling lead guitarists.  My music listening is me in the audience, them on stage in front of me & none of them behind me.  So, when listening to music at home, I've always preferred the "stage" setting.  Except, of course, when I've wanted more from the music than "listening". But those days are mostly over.

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I'm listening to Lester Bowie's The Great Pretender for the first time in . . . a long time.

It's weird when there's a record perfectly attuned to your tastes.  The two OG Dolls albums were like that for me, and some David Murray, and some PC Music, and this (don't get me wrong, there are others:  lots, probably).

Anyway, this is JUST what I like.

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I wandered into Academy Records today and bought some classic free jazz CDs for next to nothing, and playing them on my big speakers I am rueing all the hours spent streaming to my Bluetooth speakers.

”I told you so” is fine, but there are many conveniences with the little speakers.

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On 9/14/2022 at 1:30 AM, Sneakeater said:

I'm listening to Lester Bowie's The Great Pretender for the first time in . . . a long time.

It's weird when there's a record perfectly attuned to your tastes.  The two OG Dolls albums were like that for me, and some David Murray, and some PC Music, and this (don't get me wrong, there are others:  lots, probably).

Anyway, this is JUST what I like.

I am grateful for this reminder; less grateful to Wikipedia for assuring me that Lester and David Bowie, all appearances and likelihood aside, are amazingly not related. Thanks, Wikipedia. 

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Took me more than one search to find Live at the Detroit Jazz Festival on my streaming service, because I think everyone would consider it a Wayne Shorter album; they had it under Esperanza Spalding. She's on it, which is great, but that's an odd take. 

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