Paul's drums (the toms and snares) tended to have a good amount of compression on them live, so that they sounded "fat" rather than "punchy". This was especially true at FTTW--on the original recording or bootleg, his drums on "Fingers Of Love" for example, were just massive.
Now they sound more like they would if you were standing next to him. Closer to "reality," but far different from what was being pumped through the PA system for 150,000 to hear.
This approach really benefits some songs. "Pineapple Head" sound great I think, and I agree about "Everything Is Good For You." But others, like "Whispers and Moans," reeeally lack the energy they had previously for me.
You're right though, I'm sure I'll come around. Once I have the DVD and can match a picture to the sounds I'm hearing, it will probably make a lot more sense.