Mike McCready Is An Underrated Guitarist
There are many pulsating solos to be found in Pearl Jam’s back catalogue, but the outro guitar work on Alive is possibly the best of the bunch.
The solo on Alive is just one of many that Mike McCready has owned over the years. He’s an immensely important part of the band and his guitar work is always on-point. Strangely, however, he doesn’t get a lot of love when it comes to the mainstream who have routinely failed to recognise his talent.
Rolling Stone excluded both McCready and Stone Gossard in their 2003 list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time’. Subsequent lists have included them, but McCready remains somewhat underrated outside of the Pearl Jam fan community, so much so that Rolling Stone named him No.6 on their list of underrated guitarists in 2007.