The answer is none. How the hell did I only just find out that it is Richard Manuel playing drums on this song? The groove, the space, and all of those tasty fills are pure Levon, and yet, it is the piano player keeping this in the pocket.
This made me think of another song I love for the drumming, especially what's going on on the out. This time, it's Stevie Wonder doing the honors.
I don't have any particular drum moment to call a fave on "Band On The Run," but it's damn astonishing that Paul McCartney is handling all the drums on arguably, his most popular record.
Have you got any non-drummers drumming? Or any non-something, somethin-ing, like Bowie playing all the guitars on the "Diamond Dogs" album. Sure, he plays guitar, but did anyone ever think of Bowie as the "main guitar player?"
Bands switching up live is not really what I am looking. It happens a lot. Todd & Utopia would do it regularly, where Willie the drummer would play bass while Todd took over on the kit. It was all fun, but nothing more. Adequate playing. What Richard Manuel does on the drums in Rag Mama Rag is real playing, nuanced, from the head of a drummer, not a piano player. Same with Stevie Wonder, his fills that close out the song that is posted are special. Same with Tambourine by Prince. What Prince plays makes drummers say, "Wow!"
Bowie has always been about lead guitarists- Mick Ronson, Robert Fripp, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, SRV, Peter Frampton--so to take over all guitar parts for a entire album, is different/special, even if nothing being played is particularly astonishing. (Though, I think it's pretty great.)
The Replacements, who I cherish, were arguably a package, no one a particular virtuoso at the their given instrument, though one could argue Bob Stinson had something. Switching up during an encore was usually a shambles. Fun, but admittedly, bad.
I am looking for unique and amazing one-offs, not just, "Oh I can play this instrument, too."
I am interested in your examples.