Dude you have long since demonstrated suspect hearing.
um, sure, whatever.
would I want ALL of my recordings from the front row?
NO, because it's a 'different' kind of sound....but if you dig McCready as much as I (and others) do, this show is a treasure.
"front row sound" depends *where* in the front row you are....and even moreso the *size* of the venue. (at least in my experience)
which leads into.....
This is a total newbie question.
And it shows.
not at all.
recording is NOT 'distant' sounding; not in the slightest.
so posing that "question" in regards to such is utterly asinine.
if anything, it sounds like you're right in McCready's amp, yet with all of the other instruments (including vox) adequately represented. (the bassline in "Elderly Woman", you can hear the "bum bum bum" of the notes Jeff is playing, Stone is right there (strumming the acoustic), the drums are snappy, and Eddie is loud and clear)
it's so clear you can hear Mikey's fingers drag on the strings ("Nothing As It Seems" is a perfect example of such, listen to how his lead guitar cuts right thru the ambient noise, and the textures that result from said taping position)
this *directly correlates* to my position, that being right in front of Mike.
maybe I should have clarified "how can someone say *this particular* front row recording sounds 'distant'"?
yeah, I have front row recordings where there can be a 'distant' sound, and that location is DFC in an arena or stadium. all drums, little guitar, and the PA above head.
when to the left or the right, a distant sound *for Luther only* on my Tacoma '10 Crowes recording. Rich is 'in your face', and Luther sounds 'far away', but that's it. all the other members are plenty loud.
Reno '96 Crowes is another (front row, right in front of Marc)....it's ALL Marc, and very little Rich (the panning during "Black Moon Creeping" makes this quite clear)
but Seattle '96, 4 nights later, front row, Rich's side (in the corner), and it was ***perfectly balanced***
so, back to my original point....how can anyone say this PJ '00 Nawlins show sounds 'distant'.
if one concludes that, then clearly they have the hearing problem.
and it shows.