During the Gorbachev years, Platon Makovski and his four buddies are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement. Fast-forward 20 years, Platon finds himself the richest man in Russia, having sacrificed his friends to get to the top. But with this cynical rise, comes a brutal fall. Based loosely on the rise and fall of rogue capitalist Boris Berezovsky, now resident of UK.
Vanya is a 6 year old orphan living in a rundown orphanage in a remote Russian village. For Vanya and the other children, life is without hope, unless, of course, they are adopted by wealthy foreigners. For Vanya, hope comes in the form of an Italian couple. But while arrangements are being made an incident occurs when the mother of another child appears, seeking her son. Vanya begins to wonder what would happen if his own mother reappeared, and he was living in Italy.With the assistance of older children, Vanya is able to access his records and find the possible whereabouts of his mother. He escapes and travels across the country, pursued by the adoption agents.
This is the long awaited follow up CD to the first HLMP CD released back in 2003. The band features guitarists Keith Howland and Chris Pinnick, both from different eras of the legendary band Chicago, Lance Morrison on bass (Alanis Morrisette, Don Henley), Matt Laug on drums (Alanis Morrisette, Slash), and Jeff Babko on keys (James Taylor, Toto, Jimmy Kimmel Band). The band was born back in 2003 when two guitarists sharing the same band (Chicago) were introduced by the band's guitar tech Hank Stieger. Keith and Chris hit it off immediately and decided to make a CD of all instrumental guitar songs. Keith enlisted the help of longtime friends Lance Morrison and Matt Laug on bass and drums. The result was "friendly competition" amongst the two guitarists and a live energy that is hard to miss.