The Thrill of It All is the fourth studio album by British hard rock band Thunder.It was released in February 1997 on the independent B Lucky label following their departure from EMI.Luke Morley had to play bass as well as lead guitar on this album as regular bassist Mikael Höglund was unavailable for personal reasons - Höglund would subsequently leave the band in the summer of 1996, with former Then Jericho bassist Chris Childs joining as his replacement prior to the tour that followed the album's release.The album was moderately successful, reaching number 14 on the UK Album Chart with the single "Don't Wait Up For Me" reaching number 27 on the UK Singles Chart.
American salesman Jack Robinson falls in love with Englishwoman Cynthia Marley and they visit her family so he can ask for permission to marry her. She points out to him that her relatives are rather eccentric and, by the way, a cousin has just died. The remaining members of the clan are; the sinister Reginal; Percival, an inventor who has recently discovered electricity, the phonograph, and several other handy items; Natalia, a macabre, vampire-like creature; Cornwallis, a hammy and dapper ex-actor; Grandfather, who lies bedridden upstairs; and, by the way, Muldoon, who is kept locked up in the fear that he will harm someone.
Allen Hinds was raised in Alabama and now resides in California. His eclectic blends of blues/jazz/rock all mesh into a very distinct style of his own. Like a cross between Robben Ford, Alan Holdsworth and Jeff Beck, his music is intelligent, phrasing sophisticated and tone for days. Jimmy Haslip says "It SMOKES", Will Kennedy says "his songs are not based around notey licks, he's all about strong melodies, great phrasing"
The Wonder of it All focuses on the human side of the men behind the Apollo missions through candid interviews with seven of the Apollo astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Edgar Mitchell, John Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.