Although the reason given for the issue was said to be 'This CD represents some of the finest songs in the Elvis Presley Music, Gladys Music and Leiber & Stoller catalogues'. I believe it was issued because Chris Gilby is an Elvis fan from way back and just happened to be in the right place at the right time (for him) to have this CD prepared and issued, most selectively to print music companies under the banner of MCA / Gilby Empire within Australia. Overseas collectors of Elvis CD's have put this at the top of their want lists and copies do change hands for outlandish figures. This is the hardest CD to find.
The Cream Of The Catalogue features 25 Elvis tracks, Don't Be Cruel - Ready Teddy - Love Me Tender - Too Much - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Mean Woman Blues - (Let's Have A) Party - Jailhouse Rock - Treat Me Nice - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Hard Headed Woman - Trouble - Girl Of My Best Friend - Wooden Heart - Surrender - Flaming Star - Little Sister - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Follow That Dream - Return To Sender - Suspicion - Ain't That Loving You Baby - Little Egypt.
Not long after this promo was released BMG Australia issued the CD 'Elvis A Celebration' (ENTCD9002) which contained 18 songs from 'Elvis The Musical' but more importantly these 18 tracks are the same used in Cream Of The Catalogue and the liner notes are word for word on both CD's.
Tracks : Can't Help Falling In Love (Movie Version), Shoppin' Around, Doin The Best I Can, Rock-A-Hula Baby, Trouble, King Creole, Jailhouse Rock, Loving You, (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Love Me Tender (Stereo)
Explosive Sync Hits (PRD98329) - This CD contains only one Elvis song, 'Way Down'. The song is an original from the festival Music 'print' publishing catalogue. A very nice CD and a very scarce item indeed. The cover is an exact re-issue of the 70's vinyl compilation album with the title 'Explosive Hits '75' released by EMI Music.
The Movie Years will become a very hard item to collect as most Elvis fans bought one copy of the AOTC box for their collection and that was it. They will not be interested in trading because the 3 CD set is too expensive to justify buying a few extra copies.
The songs come from ten different Elvis movies, starting with 'Loving You' and ending with 'Charro'. (Viva Las Vegas, Flaming Star, Loving You, Follow That Dream, King Creole, Wild In The Country, Blue Hawaii, G.I. Blues, Charro, Roustabout.)