Listening to Subdvisions now and you are right. The guitar sound IS heavier. It’s just buried quite a bit. But then the solo happens and all is forgiven.
Pretty much every live version of Subdivisions is better than the original because there is much more prominent guitar. My favourite Subdivisions moment was on the S&A tour when after the dirge fest that opened the 2nd set (5 tracks from S&A) the keyboard riff for Subdivisions kicked in. There were grown men hugging each other thankful that the long nightmare was finally over (I saw 5 shows on that tour )