THE ZOMBIES - 'Leave Me Be' / 'Woman' (Decca F.12004) October 1964
A beaty ballad with a gently rocking rhythm, "Leave Me Be" features a huskily whispered harmonic duet, backed by a delicate guitar figure. The Zombies are much more subdued than on "She's Not There" but I like it just as much. The tune is both ear catching and absorbing, and it suddenly explodes in the middle eight, with the organ adding substance.
A welcome combination of pleasant melody and beat, which should appeal to both armchair listeners and dancers.
A heavier and more strident beat, and a more forceful vocal approach for "Woman" a mid-tempo shaker in the R&B idiom with screams and shouts.
(NME review, October 1964)