One of the most interesting things Rob said about this show is that in 1993, Phish was relying heavily on teases and covers during their improv. But 1994—exemplified by this show's "Bathtub Gin" and "David Bowie"—they figured out that they didn't need to tease someone else's music, they could actually just go into a different theme on their own. The birth of "Type II" jamming. These two songs make the whole show worth listening to.
Also, here's a link to the article that we discussed, detailing how Rob helped turn Grantland writer Steven Hyden onto Phish. Really good read. Lastly, here's Rob's review of the 12.6.97 Palace show, from when the show was officially released.
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Chapter 1 0:00-40:39 Conversation with Rob Mitchum
Chapter 2 40:39-1:43:31 Set 1 Phish 4.24.94
Chapter 3 1:43:31-2:04:05 Set 1 Breakdown
Chapter 4 2:04:05-3:22:30 Set 2 Phish 4.24.94
Chapter 5 3:22:30-End Set 2 Breakdown
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Phish 4.24.94, Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, NC
Set 1: My Friend, My Friend, Ya Mar, Axilla (Part II) > Maze, Bathtub Gin -> Jump Monk -> Bathtub Gin > Dog Faced Boy, Paul and Silas > It's Ice > Slave to the Traffic Light
Set 2: Demand > David Bowie, The Mango Song > Julius, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Chalk Dust Torture, Contact, Good Times Bad Times
E: Sweet Adeline