12" Masters – The Essential Mixes

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12" Masters – The Essential Mixes
Remix album by Justin Timberlake
Released September 17, 2010 (2010-09-17)
Recorded 2002–06
Length 74:29
Label
Producer
Justin Timberlake chronology
  • 12" Masters – The Essential Mixes
  • (2010)

12" Masters – The Essential Mixes[1] (commonly referred to as simply Essential Mixes) is a remix album by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. It was released on September 17, 2010, by Sony Music Entertainment and Jive Records. The album contains remixes of tracks from his first two studio albums: Justified (2002) and FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006).

Composition[edit]

12" Masters – The Essential Mixes features 11 "club-friendly reworkings" of Timberlake's singles spanning from 2002 to 2007.[2]

Critical response[edit]

According to Jon O'Brien of AllMusic, 12" Masters – The Essential Mixes will "at the very least bump up his sparse back catalog", suggesting that it will satisfy his "army of fans" that are desperate for new music.[2] He noted that remix albums are "notoriously hard to pull off", as they have the tendency to "smother the original" in "generic pounding beats" and "repetitive synths", which leads to the concept's downfall.[2] O'Brien wrote that: "Luckily, Essential Mixes, one of a series of a 2010 releases that has also tackled the works of Kylie Minogue, Usher, and Avril Lavigne, features a consistently stellar lineup of hotshot and well-respected producers who are a cut above the copy-and-paste merchants usually wheeled out for these types of affairs."[2] He concluded that, while the album "doesn't always do justice to the consistently brilliant source material", it is an "intriguing stopgap" that shows Timberlake's sound is "capable of translating to the Ibiza dance scene as well as the U.S. R&B clubs".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Cry Me a River" (Dirty Vegas Vocal Mix) 8:11
2. "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" (Tiësto Remix)
5:11
3. "Like I Love You" (Basement Jaxx Vocal Mix)
6:04
4. "Rock Your Body" (Paul Oakenfold Mix)
  • Timberlake
  • Hugo
  • Williams
5:41
5. "Señorita" (Num Club Mix)
  • Timberlake
  • Hugo
  • Williams
7:43
6. "My Love" (Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso Mix)
  • Timberlake
  • Mosley
  • Hills
10:16
7. "SexyBack" (Linus Loves Remix)
  • Timberlake
  • Mosley
  • Hills
6:18
8. "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" (Justice Remix)
  • Timberlake
  • Mosley
  • Hills
4:45
9. "What Goes Around... Comes Around" (Sebastien Leger Remix — Radio Edit)
  • Timberlake
  • Mosley
  • Hills
4:14
10. "Rock Your Body" (Sander Kleinenberg's Just in the Club Mix)
  • Timberlake
  • Hugo
  • Williams
9:32
11. "SexyBack" (Pokerface Remix)
  • Timberlake
  • Mosley
  • Hills
  • Timberlake
  • Danja
  • Timbaland
  • Omar Chandla[a]
  • Ryan Munroe[a]
6:34
Total length:
74:29
Notes

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Germany[3] September 17, 2010 Sony
France[4] September 20, 2010
United Kingdom[5]
Japan[6] November 24, 2010

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