... The use of lap steel (Private Universe, When You Come, Kare Kare, Catherine Wheels, Help is Coming and others) is very connected to Mark Hart for me. Because I dislike the decision to not include him in Crowded House I’m very hesitant in looking forward to hearing the above songs wìth lap steel.
I'm assuming you liked the lap steel then 🙂!
If 'Help is Coming' was performed live without the lap steel... it would sound very bare I think is the word.
My understanding from your quote above is 'Lap Stell = Mark Hart'. Therefore: Kare Kare - No Mark Hart = no lap steel.
I just think some people who would be introduced to CH by friends would be missing out on a unique sound 🙂.